FAQ: What is estate recovery?

by Jerrold Bartholomew

Estate recovery is a state program created to recoup the costs of providing care to Medicaid long-term care recipients. Once a Medicaid recipient passes away, the state uses a variety of legal processes to take the remaining assets of that Medicaid recipient to the extent of Medicaid benefits provided. The state’s ability to take assets is not unlimited and may be subject to a variety of allowances provided in other parts of the state law. For most people, the biggest worry regarding estate recovery is that the state will take the family home.

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