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Your Misconception About the ‘Medicaid will take the house’ idea could land you in prison.

It is not unheard of for children or grandchildren to move into an elder’s home because they are not financially stable or they are going through a divorce. However, if those relatives become a caregiver to the elder that owns the home they must put the elder’s needs above their own personal interests (i.e. fear of losing…

AHCA’S Attempt to Reach a Medicaid Recipient’s Tort Recovery is Thwarted.

On July 5, 2018 (how appropo one day after Independence Day) the Florida Supreme Court ruled that under federal law AHCA may only reach the past medical expenses portion of a Medicaid recipient’s tort recovery to satisfy its Medicaid third party liability lien. See Giraldo v. ACHA (No. SC17-297). This ruling now resolves the conflict between the Second…

Why Estate Planning and Medicaid Planning Take Different Paths

Clients frequently ask “Doesn’t my revocable trust protect my assets if I get sick and require long term care services?”  Clients are surprised when the answer is that their revocable trust assets, which they control, are countable if the client has a chronic illness and wants to apply for Medicaid. Clients want to stay in control of their…

Florida Court Decides Medicaid TPL Applies to Wrongful Death Case

The Fourth D.C.A. has held in Goheagan v. Perkinsthat the State can recover its Medicaid third-party liability lien in a wrongful death action because the federal anti-lien statute only applies to settlements of living Medicaid recipients. The Medicaid agency paid for approximately $95,000.00 of medical services provided to the decedent. A multi-million dollar verdict was entered against the driver…

Seeking Reduction of the Medicaid Liability Lien

Seeking reduction of the Medicaid liability lien through the administrative process mandated under Florida Statutes. If your client’s personal injury case involves a Medicaid lien as well as an ERISA lien and AHCA argues its lien should be paid in full request that the Administrative Law Judge not consider the ERISA lien as evidence of allocation of medical expenses.  While…

Non-Lawyers’ Advice is Unauthorized Practice of Law Says Florida Supreme Court

Beware Non-Lawyers’ Advice to Obtain Medicaid and Veteran Benefits: The Unauthorized Practice of Law Recently, the Florida Supreme Court issued an opinion that identifies what actions taken by non-lawyers constitute the unauthorized practice of law (UPL). This opinion, and reporting individuals who commit UPL to The Florida Bar (TFB), will help protect the public. Be careful: there are…

Tips When Obtaining a Recovery for a Client On Medicaid and SSI

This month’s ‘Tips and Tales’ focuses on what needs to be done before distributing proceeds to a client who receives Medicaid or SSI benefits. Feel free to use this checklist in your office: At inception of the lawsuit ask the client whether he/she receives Medicaid, SSI, Food Stamps, HUD housing (or other financially sensitive government benefits). Document your file. Request a copy of…

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