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
Ask Emily

Ask Emily

Emily Bazar answers your questions about California’s new medical world

New rules to limit Medi-Cal ‘death fees’

December 23, 2016 10:36 AM

More Videos

NRA's LaPierre at CPAC: We must harden 'wide open target' schools 1:40

NRA's LaPierre at CPAC: We must harden 'wide open target' schools

Jillian, the 213-pound Sumatran tiger, celebrates his birthday 0:30

Jillian, the 213-pound Sumatran tiger, celebrates his birthday

Here's a look at what Tahoe ski resorts were enjoying: 7+ inches of snow 2:09

Here's a look at what Tahoe ski resorts were enjoying: 7+ inches of snow

The experience of exoneration: ‘When I got out, I had no resources at all’ 0:50

The experience of exoneration: ‘When I got out, I had no resources at all’

How to tell an invasive swamp rodent from other California critters 1:07

How to tell an invasive swamp rodent from other California critters

Attorney: Granite Bay cardiologist 'made a series of bad decisions when he was practicing medicine' 0:23

Attorney: Granite Bay cardiologist 'made a series of bad decisions when he was practicing medicine'

Sacramento police detail East Sacramento officer-involved shooting 3:57

Sacramento police detail East Sacramento officer-involved shooting

40 rotating beer taps and well-paired food: A glance at new eatery 1:19

40 rotating beer taps and well-paired food: A glance at new eatery

The moment Tony Mendoza is no longer in the photo gallery of senators 0:54

The moment Tony Mendoza is no longer in the photo gallery of senators

T-Rex casually walks student home from Pennsylvania elementary school 0:26

T-Rex casually walks student home from Pennsylvania elementary school

About This Blog


Ask Emily is a monthly column by Emily Bazar of Kaiser Health News, a nonprofit news service covering health policy issues. She answers consumers’ questions about California’s new medical world. KHN is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

Questions for Emily: AskEmily@kff.org or 650-234-9271