JANUARY 9- IF MEDICAID IS ON THE FEDERAL CHOPPING BLOCK, WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
With the recently-passed tax bill in the news, many are fearful Medicaid funds will be cut. That’s been a goal for Congressional Republicans for many years. Lou explains that the tax bill is estimated to add 1.4 trillion dollars to the deficit, which is also an impetus for cuts in the entitlement prorams. Medicare, a health care program for the elderly, could face cuts. Medicaid, which is a Federal-State health insurance program for low-income and needy people, may be cut as well. Eligibility rules for the program could also change. Lou’s biggest piece of advice is to plan ahead and soon! If you do legal planning under current eligibility rules, you will be grandfathered in, meaning that Medicaid can’t revoke your assistance down the road.