One group of people won’t experience sticker shock over the cost of Obamacare. That would be dead people. That’s right, dead people can sign up for Obamacare, but they do need a little help from the living.
Question 39 on the kynect: Kentucky’s Healthcare Connection printable application form for a single person health seeking either coverage or help paying costs, states: “If you are filling out this application on behalf of a person who recently passed away, enter the deceased person’s date of death.”
“This is for Medicaid — it will pay three prior months of medical expenses for the eligible,” Gwenda Bond, a spokeswoman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, told The Daily Caller on Friday. “It also allows us to prevent fraud by noting the date of death, time-limited benefits.”
If you think this is unique to Kentucky, think again.
Bond explained that the application question is required by federal Medicaid regulations and isn’t unique to Kentucky. “Eligibility guidelines that allow health expenses to be paid for individuals who died while eligible for Medicaid benefits — but without being enrolled at the time of death — are among those federal guidelines,” she said. (Read More)
I would advise anyone trying to obtain benefits for a deceased family member to check with an estate attorney first. Should that family member have left any money or property behind, in some cases it’s possible the state government may turn around and demand that money or property as payment for those Medicaid benefits.