Medi-Cal’s “Estate Recovery Program” can demand posthumous payback from enrollees 55 and older for a broad range of medical costs. For many people, these costs include the monthly payments that Medi-Cal makes to managed care plans to cover its enrollees, even if they didn’t use any medical services. In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 file photo, Dr. Leonid Basovich examines Medi-Cal patient Michael Epps at the WellSpace Clinic in Sacramento, Calif.
Medi-Cal’s “Estate Recovery Program” can demand posthumous payback from enrollees 55 and older for a broad range of medical costs. For many people, these costs include the monthly payments that Medi-Cal makes to managed care plans to cover its enrollees, even if they didn’t use any medical services. In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 file photo, Dr. Leonid Basovich examines Medi-Cal patient Michael Epps at the WellSpace Clinic in Sacramento, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli AP
Medi-Cal’s “Estate Recovery Program” can demand posthumous payback from enrollees 55 and older for a broad range of medical costs. For many people, these costs include the monthly payments that Medi-Cal makes to managed care plans to cover its enrollees, even if they didn’t use any medical services. In this photo taken Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 file photo, Dr. Leonid Basovich examines Medi-Cal patient Michael Epps at the WellSpace Clinic in Sacramento, Calif. Rich Pedroncelli AP
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