Unfortunately, many personal injury settlements come undone when liens have been discovered after the settlement has been agreed upon. If you are representing a client that is receiving Medicaid, a settlement or award may impact their eligibility for benefits.
How Does Medicaid Effect a Settlement or Award?
Medicaid provides need-based health insurance plans that are administered by the state and funded federally. Eligibility and income requirements vary by state, and, sometimes, by county. This means that both federal and state case law can affect how a state is able to recover funds from a personal injury settlement. Where Medicaid has made payments for medical services related to an injury, it may assert a lien against the beneficiary’s recovery under state Medicaid third party recovery laws.
Medicaid Lien Settlement
Personal injury settlement liens are becoming a common occurrence. Any third party that has paid a portion of your client’s injury-related bills can file a lawsuit to place a lien on your client’s settlement. The courts will then place a court order on your client’s settlement, or the portion the lien holder (third-party) is asserting a right to. Handling a medicaid lien properly is critical. It’s important that funds are not released before the liens are resolved and confirmed in writing because the distribution of funds may affect the claimant’s eligibility, and can result in legal consequences for both you and your client.
Outsource Your Medicaid Liens
Many attorneys will realize that resolving a medicaid lien can be time consuming, expensive, and frustrating. Outsourcing a medicaid lien is beneficial because it will allow you to reduce your firm’s operation costs and resolve the lien quickly and efficiently through one source—Synergy Settlement Solutions.
Our Lien Resolution Process
Navigating the complex medicaid lien process takes skill, persistence, and patience. The entire process can take months, depending on the type of lien you’re dealing with. Our lien resolution program consists of an initial intake and consultation where we will analyze the unique issues of the case. From there we will create a strategy. Next our analysts will start the negotiation process to achieve a final resolution. We strive for the best resolution and quickest turnaround time.
Let Synergy Help You
Synergy is equipped to handle all types of pre and post-settlement lien verification and resolution issues. Our experts are more than happy to assist you and your clients with negotiating and resolving medicaid liens. With our help, you can focus on your most current and pressing trial cases.
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Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.