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Can We Pay Off My Grandmother’s Medicaid Estate Recovery Over Time Instead of in a Lump Sum?

  • April 24th, 2020
Q
My grandmother died with a substantial Medicaid bill. She inherited an income-producing property from her father. The total amount her estate owes to Medicaid is more than the value of the property. Will Medicaid allow the estate to pay off the debt over time or will it force the estate to sell the property for less than the amount owed?  
A

Each state handles estate recovery differently, so it will depend on your state. Given the circumstances, it is likely that the state would like to be paid fully over time rather than receive a smaller lump sum. The state may require your mother’s estate or her heirs to sign a promissory note and mortgage for the amount due.

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Last Modified: 04/24/2020

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