State can seize your assets to pay for care after youâ€™re forced into Medicaid by Obamacare
It wasnâ€™t the moonlight, holiday-season euphoria or family pressure that made Sophia Prins and Gary Balhorn, both 62, suddenly decide to get married.
It was the fine print.
As fine print is wont to do, it had buried itself in a long form â€” Balhornâ€™s application for free health insurance through the expanded state Medicaid program. As the paperwork lay on the dining-room table in Port Townsend, Prins began reading.
The way Prins saw it, that meant health insurance via Medicaid is hardly â€śfreeâ€ť for Washington residents 55 or older. Itâ€™s a loan, one whose payback requirements arenâ€™t well advertised. And it penalizes people who, despite having a low income, have managed to keep a home or some savings they hope to pass to heirs, Prins said.