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Does medicare have to be paid back after the person dies

East Saint Louis, IL |

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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Filed under: Lien Estates Probate
Attorney answers 3


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


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.


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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