Rachel Corbett, The Atlantic, October 2019
The trouble began when Tawanda Rhodes’s mother started showing signs of Alzheimer’s disease. A guardian of the state admitted her mother into a nursing home and signed her up for the state’s Medicaid program, MassHealth. Rhodes soon learned that the Medicaid coverage wasn’t exactly free: When her mother died, she received a letter from the state, notifying her that it was seeking reimbursement from the estate for Medicaid payments on her behalf. Some Medicaid recipients over the age of 55 are expected to repay the government for certain medical expenses, such as nursing home care (the rules vary by state)—and states will seize houses and other assets after those recipients die in order to satisfy the debt. This estate recovery can strip property from people who stand to benefit from it the most, perpetuating cycles of poverty and pushing displaced families back into the welfare system.
Colleen Shaddox, Connecticut Health Investigative Team, September 16
HUSKY members in a person-centered medical home (PCMH) practice are more likely to get recommended preventative health services and less likely to visit the emergency room, according to Department of Social Services data. A PCMH is a medical practice that provides comprehensive and coordinated care. That can mean helping a child get an appointment with a behavioral health clinician; making sure a patient’s apartment is free of asthma triggers; and many other services hard to get in time-crunched primary care offices.