Medicaid medical care cost wrinkle

Of course if it’s YOUR wrinkle, it might as well be the Valles Marineres.

CSM on recovering medicaid costs from estates of the deceased: A flap over recouping costs of Medicaid

Ever since Judy Clifford’s parents died, she had planned to move with her husband into their Nashville, Tenn., home, which she knew so well.

“I felt like they were still there,” says Ms. Clifford, who is retired. “I could see my mother standing at the sink washing dishes and my daddy watching TV, and I wanted to stay in the house because of that.”

Instead, the two-bedroom ranch-style home is for sale for $122,000, the subject of a bitter tug-of-war between the Cliffords and TennCare, Tennessee’s healthcare program for the poor and uninsured. TennCare has laid claim to the home to recoup the cost of caring for Clifford’s mother, who was on TennCare when she died three years ago.