Can someone do something about patient dumping and is there a time limit ? The Dept of health & human service let it happen.

Asked over 1 year ago - Manchester, NH

The Dept of health & human service wants him to lose his housing and SS, to pay for his Rehab. He was moved out of state to MA and was in a bad rehab that just wanted him for his SS. they weren't taking care of him, so he signed himself out and we brought him back to NH and to the hospital. They said he needs to give up his housing and his SS to pay for Rehab because he has been hospitalized more than 30 days. I can't find anything on that as a law. Because we helped him, a MA social worker claimed abuse and neglect of our friend. My husband is his POA, but now our friend is competent & doesn't need a POA. So we are in trouble. This happen before in 2006, he lost everything was put on Amtrak in Feb in CA to MA without any money, no winter coat. He is Partly Paralyzed from a stroke.

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  1. Tracy Green


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    Answered . These issues require a knowledgeable social worker familiar with government programs. Generally, a person would not lose Social Security when they are in a rehab facility. However, there may be housing programs where the Social Security is used to pay for the program. Find a non-profit that helps disabled and see if you can work out the social services issues and options.

  2. Barry Franklin Poulson

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    Answered . The matter you outline here is tremendously complicated. Best to discuss with an attorney, where you can go over the details in private.

    We do not have a client/attorney relationship until you make an appointment, we discuss your case face to face, I... more
  3. Frances Parker Quarles

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    Answered . You should find an attorney in your area who specializes in elder law. He or she would be familiar with issues surrounding disabled people and their benefits and POAs.

    "Patient Dumping" is prohibited by a federal statute called EMTALA, and you should ask potential attorneys about that too.

    Look under the "Find a Lawyer" tab here on Avvo - you can sort by town and specialty. Good luck.

    DISCLAIMER: Any information contained herein is intended for general informational purposes only. The information... more

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