By Shira Stein | SF Chronicle
WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein is battling for control of her late husband’s estate in multiple lawsuits, in part to pay significant medical bills she’s incurred over the last year. The suits have prompted big questions, like whether Feinstein is mentally and physically fit enough to serve her constituents. But they’ve also spurred more practical questions: Why are the medical bills so high, and doesn’t her Senate insurance plan cover them?
Feinstein’s “significant medical expenses,” according to filings in a suit over her late husband’s estate, were $160,055.15, plus an additional $9,166 for the monthly salary of her security guard and caretaker.
Much of that is likely due to the high costs of home health care and any assistance with daily living Feinstein may have needed after her hospitalization from shingles in early March. While federal lawmakers are covered by insurance plans, they still incur costs or require care that isn’t always covered.
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