California Healthline: Older LGBT Patients Have Unique Set of Medicare, Medi-Cal Benefit Issues

by David Gorn

In a webinar yesterday covering the broken and pitted ground of same-sex benefits for seniors in Medicare and Medicaid, senior advocates said the legitimacy of a spouse can be an extremely important factor in eligibility cases.

Federal guidance issued in June helped clarify benefits, but still they can vary from state to state. Even in states like California that consider same-sex marriage legally binding, the effects of the national patchwork of regulations can be felt by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) beneficiaries of Medi-Cal (California’s Medicaid program) and Medicare, legal and policy experts said.

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