Monday, June 9, 2008

The Double Tragedy of Ripping Elders Off

by Kim Manire

In Texas the Medicaid recover rules state that a person can have up to $300,000.00 in total assests.

The guardians and attorneys for my father-in-law had a Medicaid Expert come to court and testify that in order to qualify for Medicaid the person could not have more then $2,000.00 in total assests. This expert was paid $2,000.00 from my father-in-laws estate. The guardians and attorneys then said "So that we can put the Manires on Medicaid we have to "spend down" their money."

DADs is now over the person of my father-in-law, and before they would take him as a client they said that he could not have "any assests and that the money the guardians get from the sale of his homestead would have to be spent as well."

The court appointed guardians and their attorneys are all splitting the money from the sale of the homestead, they have all already been paid a couple of hundred thousand dollars, and my father-in-law (mother-in-law passed last May) is left totally penniless.

The judge and the attorneys and guardians have now decided that DADs and Medicaid, can pay for and take care of my father-in-law.

The part that has been the latest abuse caused by these people and maybe the sorriest of all abuses caused by them is that my father-in-law has a burial plot, but these people have all seen to it that he now has no money to bury him with. They said in court that the "county can do it for $6,000.00 or the family can see to it."

To me this sort of fraud (medicaid and DADs, saying that they can not take care of someone unless they are totally poor), and then the courts and it appointed guardians taking all the moeny for themselves so that they can then put these elderly people on government assitance. What is it going to take to get this sort of thing looked at.

Kim Manire
Denton Texas
I don't know Kim there are a lot of us asking ourselves the very same question!

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