Who Pays Mom’s Final Nursing Home Bill? SURPRISE! Filial Laws May Point To You!

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    From: http://www.forbes.com/sites/northwe...support-laws-and-long-term-care/#2c60e6fa5620

    Imagine this: One day you’re sifting through your mail. In the pile of letters, bills and junk mail, you find a letter from a law firm informing you that you need to pay $50,000 to cover the cost of your father’s recent nursing home stay, or the care facility will sue you.

    While this may seem farfetched, depending on your parents’ state of residence, this could be a possibility.

    If your parents live in one of 29 states or Puerto Rico that has filial responsibility laws on the books, you could potentially be held legally responsible for their care under certain circumstances, such as when your parents are ailing and without sufficient financial resources to take care of themselves. Until recently, these statutes have been largely ignored. However, several recent court decisions indicate that there might be renewed interest in enforcing them.

    Filial support laws aren’t new. In fact, they were initially derived from England’s 16th century “Poor Laws.” At one time, as many as 45 U.S. states had statutes obligating an adult child to care for his or her parents. Some states repealed their filial support laws after Medicaid took a greater role in providing relief to elderly patients without means. Other states did not, and a large number of filial support laws remain dormant on the books.

    Now, with long-term care costs on the rise and funding sources under pressure, nursing homes and other health care providers may have increasing incentive to seek to use the courts to compel children to either help a parent financially or be at risk for covering the cost of his or her care.
     
  2. exscentric

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    Read awhile back that some medicaid patient families are being hit with bills for care from the government as well.
     
  3. carpro

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    Got a bill from the state for $102,000 a couple of years after my mother died for medicaid reimbursement. Saw this coming and established a revocable trust long befor death. Didn't have to pay it. My advice, if your parent is in a nursing home on medicare and medicaid, see a lawyer that specializes in that area.
     

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