Help Limit Medi-Cal Estate Recovery ~ Tell the Governor to Sign SB 33 into Law

Help Limit Medi-Cal Estate Recovery ~ Tell the Governor to Sign SB 33 into Law

Thanks to your collaborative advocacy and the advocacy of our partner organizations, SB 33 is now on its way to the Governor’s desk and could be signed into law!

As a refresher, this bill SB 33 would limit Medi-Cal estate recovery for those who are 55+ years of age to only what is required by federal law, and eliminate optional recovery for other services. It would also eliminate recovery on surviving spouses’ estates, allow hardship exemptions for homesteads of modest value, and limit the amount of interest the state can charge.

Except for one no vote – from Rocky Chavez (R-Oceanside)  in Assembly Health – SB 33 has passed unanimously out of every Committee and in the Senate. Both Democrats and Republicans see SB 33 as a positive step toward a fair and equitable recovery process and recognize that taking away the homes of the poor is no way to grow California.

We encourage you to write to the Governor and tell him to sign SB 33 into law!

You can email him on his website or write, call or fax him at this address and numbers:

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160

Thank you for your continued advocacy! For more information, you can also view our letter, CHA Calls for Limit on Medi-Cal’s Estate Recovery.

Our blogger Karen J. Fletcher is CHA's publications consultant. She provides technical expertise, writing and research on Medicare, health disparities and other health care issues. With a Masters in Public Health from UC Berkeley, she serves in health advocacy as a trainer and consultant. See her current articles.