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Can the State Take My Social Security to Repay Medicaid's Coverage of My Husband's Care?

  • September 12th, 2014
My husband, who was in a nursing home, died a few weeks ago.  All his medical bills were paid for by Medicaid. Yesterday I recieved a letter from the state about Medicaid repayment. He and I have no property.  My only income is from Social Security and I live in HUD assisted senior apartments. Can the state take my Social Security checks? That is the only asset I have to live on.

I don’t know exactly how this works in your state, but in general state Medicaid agencies may only seek recovery of the expenses they paid from the property of the deceased beneficiary. In your case, you say that your husband left no assets to you. Therefore, there are no assets against which the state can assert its claim. They cannot touch your Social Security. To confirm this, I’d recommend calling the office that sent you the letter.

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Last Modified: 09/12/2014

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