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Nursing Home Patients Find Medicaid Loopholes

The Department of Children and Families says the Legislature needs to close loopholes in the law that allow financially stable nursing home patients to hide their assets and get Medicaid to foot the bill for their care, the Associated Press reports.  The state found more than 500 cases totaling $29 million in a six-year review.

Meanwhile, attorneys who specialize in elder law have complained to the Florida Bar about the lack of regulation on financial advisors who say they can help people qualify for Medicaid, the Tampa Tribune reports. Some of them are giving bad and even disastrous advice, they say.

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