Medicaid Is Getting Tough With Granny

Stiffer penalties are in store: Shift your assets, go to jail?

After 79-year-old Mari P. grew ill with Alzheimer's disease, her daughter and two sons hired nurses to care for her at home. To compensate themselves for the expenses, the children took title to their mother's New York City house. Then, after hospitalization for a broken hip, Mari entered a nursing home and, lacking savings, got Medicaid to cover most of the $180-a-day cost.

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