Medicare and Parent's home

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    • #4042

      Have a question concerning the following:

      Parents married and have adult children. One parent dies (no will), surviving parent sells home, uses all proceeds from the sale toward new home. I understand legal usufruct exist in regards to the proceeds and how they are used.

      My question is this, next year or years from now should anything happen to the health of living parent and Medicare looks at the assets of said parent do they recognize the children’s share that exists in the proceeds that was used? If not, being the new home has already been purchased is there any paperwork that can be drawn up to protect the children’s share from Medicare?

      Thanking in advance for any and all answers!

    • #4044

      OK, first I think you are referring to Medicaid, not Medicare. It is a common mistake, but they are different programs in every respect.

      Secondly, Medicaid has the right to recover against property in a succession if the deceased person received Medicaid benefits prior to death. In almost all cases that would be nursing home care.

      The right to recovery is against whatever interest the deceased person who received benefits had. So, the answer to your question is yes in some respects and no in others.

      So, the problem is that a claim against a partial interest in a home effectively kills good title and interferes with everyone’s interest. Does that make sense?

      On the other hand, if Medicaid did not actually pay out money for the care of the deceased, then they would have not claims against anyone.

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