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Does medicare have to be paid back after the person dies

East Saint Louis, IL |
Filed under: Estate planning

after a person dies that was on medicare. will there family have to pay for the services that that person recieved during the deceased lifetime

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No I do not believe medicaire benefits must be repaid by family members after the deceased's death.

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It is generally true that Medicare benefits do not have to be repaid. However, do not confuse this with Medicaid, a State-administered program where benefits sometimes have to be repaid.

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I suggest you speak with a probate attorney in your area. The family is not responsible, but there may be a lien that will impact the estate and the likelihood of the family receiving any distributions. There may be some opportunity to negotiate the lien.

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