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Will we have to pay back Medicaid?

If we sell my parents house will that mean we have to pay back Medicaid for Dad's nursing home bills?
Status: Open    Dec 18, 2014 - 11:30 AM

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Jul 23, 2015 - 12:39 PM

There is "Medicaid recovery" in Washington, which means that the state will attempt to be reimbursed for funds provided if the circumstances allow. If a senior receiving Medicaid owns a home, Medicaid recovery typically involves the state putting a lien against the home. When that home sells, the state would receive reimbursement from the sale to the extent of the cost of services provided to that senior. If the home is sold while the senior is alive, the funds from the sale may disqualify the senior from continuing to receive Medicaid.
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By aweleisoh on Sep 02, 2016 - 08:12 AM | Like (0)  |  Report

I was asked to pay for the Medicaid I had for labor and delivery in 2010 because I was not eligible for it. Please how do I make the refund.
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Jul 23, 2015 - 12:57 PM

Medicaid benefits vary by state and have complicated rules, so a lot depends on many facts that are not presented here. However, a Medicaid recipient’s home is generally an exempt asset, meaning that it will not prevent eligibility as long as it remains the recipient’s home. If the home is sold, the asset is converted to cash, which is not exempt, meaning that it might prevent your father from remaining eligible for Medicaid. Generally this will not require a repayment to Medicaid for the outlays it has already made on behalf of your father, but the proceeds would need to be spent or otherwise protected before your father could resume receiving Medicaid benefits. You will also want to be sure you have good advice on what kind of payback might be required at the time your father’s death—including if you decide not to sell the house.
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