Getting Ready for Elections

Sonny kisses seniors. Hopefully they won’t kiss back, but will vote for him.

Gov. Sonny Perdue’s administration announced Thursday that the state would soften its Medicaid rules on recovering the cost of nursing home patients’ care after they die.

A spokesman said Perdue was given leeway by federal officials to base Georgia’s Medicaid estate collections on a later date than the state had already set. The action will protect more assets of nursing home residents from state collections.

Under the state’s previous, tougher plan, the government would recoup the cost of Medicaid services that patients received since August 2001 from their estates.