Throw Out Granny!
A little-known incentive buried in Florida’s new Medicaid reform law will reward health plans for cutting numbers of seniors in nursing homes, several speakers said during a highly charged hearing on the law Tuesday.
Attorneys warned that the “granny dumping” law could result in eviction of seniors from nursing home care after 2012.
With the heavy duty commentary about debt ceilings and budget shortfalls, today’s reality is that our country can’t continue funding all we’ve been doing. We’re seriously out of money. The number of people having major portions of incomes and other assets taken to finance government programs is dwindling while the population demanding services provided at the expense of their fellow Americans only continues to rise.
And while this “granny dumping” legislation and shock value story will generate much knee-jerk reaction (as it is likely intended to), let’s not forget that a highly lucrative, aggressively marketed legal industry segment – specifically many estate planners and elder law practitioners – often sell Medicaid planning services.
But before jumping on the fear-mongering bandwagon that entitlement program reforms are all inherently evil, we’d suggest a review of how these programs operate. It’s a reminder that the growth of these welfare programs exists not just because of a less self-reliant American population, but through the legal industry’s perpetration of organized graft schemes. These schemes are happily orchestrated by estate planning attorneys and greedy people interested in keeping their “stuff” while saddling their fellow Americans with growing and unsustainable long-term care expenses.
Scary stuff indeed. Talk to a qualified attorney today.
Phillip Lemmons and The Legacy Lawyers.