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Little-known Medicaid provision allows states to seek repayment from enrollees
Contra Costa Times

The new federal health care law is enabling millions of low-income and unemployed Americans to sign up for Medicaid, a taxpayer-funded health program originally designed for the indigent.

Yet a little-known wrinkle in the decades-old Medicaid law may be prompting some Americans ages 55 to 64 to shy away from the health plan of last resort — called Medi-Cal in California — after learning there’s a catch: Once they die, their estates may have to reimburse the government for the cost of their medical care.

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