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07-07-2009, 10:22 AM
Its so so annoying to read articles like this crap. Oh, look at what the gov't is doing to this poor veteran...oh wait, his status as a veteran is irrelevant to the reality of the situation. He wasn't a disabled Vet, he was a guy that once served and was on the public dole...get over it.


Link (Fauxnews) (http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,530287,00.html?test=latestnews)

Iowa Woman Owes State Almost $300,000 for Veteran's Health Care

Monday , July 06, 2009

After caring for Vietnam veteran Roger Lennon for more than a dozen years, two months after his death Sarah Miller received a bill from the state of Iowa for almost $300,000 for medical care he received at a state-run veteran's home, according to a report in the Quad-City Times.

"I called them and said, 'Is this a joke?'" Miller told the Quad-City Times. "Who has that kind of money? And I was with Roger every time he was signed into the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. They never said anything about billing him after he passed."

Lennon was wounded in Vietnam and received a Purple Heart. He was also injured in a 1990 welding accident that kept him confined to a wheelchair most of the time, the newspaper reported. He received care at the veterans' home for several years.

"He could walk some with a quad cane, but he needed care," Miller, Lennon's companion of 20 years, told the newspaper. "He went through hell."

According to the Iowa Department of Human Services, however, the state has the right to pursue assets after Lennon's death because he was a Medicaid recipient, the newspaper reported. Lennon and Miller owned two rental properties in Bettendorf, Iowa, that she maintained during the years of his illness.

The state is asking Miller for half of the value of the two properties, about $40,000.

"Everybody who gets Medicaid is told this is a government program for which we will be expecting repayment," DHS spokesman Roger Munns told the newspaper. "It's not fair for taxpayers you and me to pay if there are assets.

"It's not draconian. It's not meant to be cruel," he said.

The letter from DHS, which says Lennon owes $277,186.96, after expressing condolences, reads: "This debt must be, and can only be, paid from anything that the individual owned or had an interest in at the time of death."

Munns said Miller "misinterpreted" her communications with state officials, the newspaper reported.

Miller, meanwhile, told the newspaper that a state attorney told her that she didn't have to sell the properties, but that she did have to give the state half of their value.

"I was told to send them the money next week," Miller told the newspaper. "People should know what the state is doing. Poor Roger was so proud that he was a veteran, and the veterans were taking care of him. He was very proud of his military service. People should be outraged."

Gilshalos Sedai
07-07-2009, 11:27 AM
Yeah, he wasn't recieving VA benefits, so... what does his veteran status have to do with anything?

07-07-2009, 11:33 AM
so your old lady is on the hook for all the years of medical treatment you got if you croak, or is there some spin I'm missing?

07-07-2009, 11:40 AM
No, not his old lady, but any assets in his name are to be used to pay off his debt.

This debt must be, and can only be, paid from anything that the individual owned or had an interest in at the time of death

So because he and his old lady were co-owners of the properties, Medicaid is entitled to his half only.

Gilshalos Sedai
07-07-2009, 12:06 PM
This'll end up being some sort of rallying cry for socialized medicine, watch.

07-07-2009, 12:53 PM
From other stuff I've read on it...the couple tried to be sneaky and put the properties in her name too so she could walk away with them after he died. The state is completely entitled to the properties and the fact that she is waving the "He's a Vet" flag disgusts me.