Med­i­cal free ride must end

Los Angeles Times - - OPINION -

Re “Af­ter death, Medi-Cal bill,” Busi­ness, June 5

State Sen. Ed Her­nan­dez (D-West Cov­ina) has in­tro­duced a bill lim­it­ing the state’s col­lec­tion of money from the rel­a­tives of the de­ceased be­cause tak­ing from es­tates and heirs “need­lessly pro­longs poverty.”

What about our col­lec­tive poverty, and our tax money spent on years of care? Cal­i­for­nia can­not af­ford to fund a med­i­cal free ride for the many who would take ad­van­tage of it.

And “ba­sic health­care ser­vices,” for which Her­nan­dez says sur­vivors should not be left pay­ing the state, does not in­clude years in long-term care fa­cil­i­ties.

Ge­or­gia Jes­sup Santa Mon­ica

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