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Could (or Should) Filial Responsibility Laws Require Adult Children to Support Elderly Parents?

November 24th, 2008

With the economic crisis growing in the federal government, there has been quite a buzz recently on the issue of whether adult children should be required by law to support elderly parents who require assistance to pay for necessities like food, clothing, shelter and medical attention.  In fact, as a technical matter, 30 states in the US have just such laws. This opens an interesting dialogue of what could happen as funding for Medicare and Medicaid gets evaluated by state and federal governments.  Two such articles are HERE and HERE.