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Gov. Brown signs bill that limits seizure of assets of many Medi-Cal recipients
East Bay Times

After three years of sleepless nights for hundreds of thousands of Medi-Cal recipients, Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a bill that limits the state’s seizure of assets from the estates of low-income residents ages 55 to 64.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2017, California will join many other states in the country that only recover the costs of enrollees’ long-term care and related costs after they die.

Medi-Cal recipients like Chris Darling are breathing easier.

“They can still come after me if I end up in a nursing home or need home care,” said the 64-year-old Richmond resident. “But other than that, the standard stuff I was so up in arms about will no longer exist. My home will go to my kids.”