State officials say more older Californians are giving away assets and shrinking their incomes to get taxpayer-funded nursing home care.
Medi-Cal officials call it an abuse of the state´s health insurance program for the poor.
And some nursing home administrators blame adult children who don´t want their inheritance used for nursing home costs.
State officials are promising a crackdown on the practice, which they say has spawned a thriving industry for financial advisers who show senior citizens how to get state aid.
Officials say the trend has contributed to a 50 percent jump in state-paid nursing home costs in ten years.