** Legal Alert **
SPOUSAL REFUSAL UPDATE
The Department of Social Services, the agency which processes Medicaid applications, has contracted with a collection agency to send demand letters to community spouses who signed a spousal refusal in connection with their spouse's Medicaid application.
The right to spousal refusal is codified under federal law. The purpose is to protect the spouse in the community from becoming impoverished due to their spouse's need for long term care in a nursing facility. However, the law does give the government agency the right to seek contribution from a refusing spouse for the cost of care expended by the Medicaid program on the spouse in the nursing facility.
What you should do:
If you signed a spousal refusal in connection with a Medicaid Application, contact us right away. We will discuss with you your options to plan and protect.
What you should NOT do:
Do NOT respond to any demand letters without speaking to your attorney first. Contact our firm immediately if you get a spousal contribution demand letter.
As always, please call our office if you have any questions. Our attorneys are always available to address your questions and concerns.
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