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Medicaid and the Elderly Poor—A Second Look at the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act

Transfer of Assets and Spousal Impoverishment

By Jeanne Finberg & Patricia Nemore

The Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 and its amendments made significant changes in the Medicaid program for elderly persons. This article reexamines the spousal impoverishment and transfer of assets rules, and addresses issues of implementation and statutory construction that affect poor seniors.

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