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Can Medicaid put a lien against my mother's home after she passes away.

Lake Wales, FL |

She is in a nursing home under Medicaid.
Her home is worth less than 50000.00.
She quit claim the house one year prior going into the nursing home and she has lifetime ownership. Her health was good and we had no idea this is where we would be a year later.

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Generally speaking, if she is on Medicaid and the Medicaid application was made then than 60 months after the transfer of the real estate, then that means there is an available resource which Medicaid can go after. You should meet with an experienced estate/elder lawyer to determine if there are actions you can take at this time.

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If the house was transferred while your mother was living and she didn't retain any interest, it probably isn't subject to estate recovery. If she owns the house at death or it is subject to a TEFRA lien, it can be Medicaid disqualifying or house sale proceeds subject to payback.

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Ask a Florida attorney to be sure, but my understanding is that the Florida State Constitution prohibits estate recovery against the homestead. Also wondering how your mom quitclaimed the homestead one year prior to receiving MA without divestment (unless it was a transfer on death deed)...

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