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Personal Injury Medicaid Cases

Brien Roche

You may have the occasion to represent an injured party who is on Medicaid.  Representing such a client presents a host of problems because some providers won’t accept Medicaid.  Those providers who do accept Medicaid know that they are probably going to be low-balled in terms of payment.  In addition it is unfortunate but the simple fact is that the quality of care to some extent bears a direct relationship to the money paid to the provider.  

If you represent a Medicaid client, there is a checklist of things that you should probably be aware of in terms of not only protecting yourself but eventually also discovering what the Medicaid lien is.  It becomes difficult if not impossible sometimes to settle a case without knowing the precise amount of that lien.

There are several stages in terms of dealing with Medicaid and the client:

Pre-planning

  • Ask client if they have Medicaid
  • Get a copy of the Medicaid card (or number)
  • Instruct (in writing) medical providers to bill Medicaid (provide a copy of the Medicaid card or number)
  • Get a copy of the medical provider bills and see if Medicaid paid any
  • Get a payment breakdown so you can estimate the amount of the lien.

Personal Injury Medicaid Cases-Getting the Lien

    Send:
  • A letter of representation, on letterhead, signed by attorney requesting the client’s claims history
  • HIPAA authorization to both DMAS and the OAG (Office of Attorney General)
  • Recipient’s full name, SSN, date of birth
  • Recipient’s Medicaid number (12 digit number)
  • A copy of the front and back of the Medicaid card
  • The date of accident or injury
  • A description of the injuries
  • An itemized list of all medical expenses for the recipient, including dates of service and medical provider
  • The name of the person in your office they should communicate with, including phone, email, and mailing address
  • USE TPL (Third Party Liability) Request Form
  • Everything must be sent to tplcasualty@dmas.virginia.gov

As of April 1, 2024, the contact person at the Attorney General’s office is an attorney by the name of John Myers. His email is jmyersjr@oag.state.va.us.

What to do when the Lien is Wrong

  • Provide the right information with your initial request
  • If a charge is wrongly included, you must request it be removed
  • Send the request to the analyst who processes the lien explaining why the charges should be removed.
  • You must provide an explanation and documentation as appropriate.
  • If a charge is missing from the line, include the dates of service and provider name.

Future Recovery

In the June 6, 2022 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court entitled, Gallardo v. Marstiller, the court ruled that states can recover from the amount obtained by the plaintiff for both future medical expenses and past medical expenses.  They are not limited to simply recovering from that pool of money for past medical expenses.  Virginia Code § 8.01-66.9 only gives Medicaid the right to recover as to treatment for which they have paid.  That same language applies at the federal level.  If the federal statute is changed so as to allow recovery for future medical expenses, then the state likewise would be allowed to make a similar statutory change.

Retroactive Recovery

Medicaid only makes retroactive payments for up to three (3) months prior to the application. If someone applied more than 3 months after incurring the bill, Medicaid won’t make any payments to the hospital. https://www.vhcf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Overview-2-2021.pdf

Filing a Petition

If the above doesn’t work then you need to file a petition with the court asking for a determination of the lien and a compromise of the lien.  This typically generates a quick response from the Attorney General’s office. The form is available in VTLA Hot Docs. 

Such a petition would be styled as a Petition to Determine Lien Held by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Your Petition

Within your petition, you need to itemize the attempts made to determine what the lien is through your various inquiries to the government.

You need to set forth that there has been no response from the government as to any of those inquiries. 

You then need to expressly plead that pursuant to Virginia Code § 8.01-66.9 you are requesting the court to compel the government to provide its final lien amount. Also allege that because of the delay in obtaining this information, the court should reduce the lien to zero dollars. 

Further, you have to allege that you have complied with Virginia Code § 2.2-514 prior to the filing of the petition. 

If you do all of that, you may have some success not only determining what the lien is but also getting it reduced. 

Is the Client’s Right to Governmental Benefits in Jeopardy?

Before settling a case involving a Medicaid client, you need to ask whether or not the settlement may deprive the client of future benefits.  This may depend on what type of Social Security benefits they are receiving, if any.  Whether they are on SSI or not, they may still have to report these funds to Medicaid.  Furthermore it may be possible to use a special needs trust in order to preserve the client’s Medicaid or other governmental benefits.  Therefore all of these are things that need to be considered before reaching any such settlement.  

Call or contact us for a free consult. Also for more info on Personal Injury Medicaid Cases see the Wikipedia pages. Also see the post on this site dealing with Medicare issues.

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Personal Injury Medicaid Cases

Personal Injury Medicaid Cases

Brien Roche

You may have the occasion to represent an injured party who is on Medicaid.  Representing such a client presents a host of problems because some providers won’t accept Medicaid.  Those providers who do accept Medicaid know that they are probably going to be low-balled in terms of payment.  In addition it is unfortunate but the simple fact is that the quality of care to some extent bears a direct relationship to the money paid to the provider.  

If you represent a Medicaid client, there is a checklist of things that you should probably be aware of in terms of not only protecting yourself but eventually also discovering what the Medicaid lien is.  It becomes difficult if not impossible sometimes to settle a case without knowing the precise amount of that lien.

There are several stages in terms of dealing with Medicaid and the client:

Pre-planning

  • Ask client if they have Medicaid
  • Get a copy of the Medicaid card (or number)
  • Instruct (in writing) medical providers to bill Medicaid (provide a copy of the Medicaid card or number)
  • Get a copy of the medical provider bills and see if Medicaid paid any
  • Get a payment breakdown so you can estimate the amount of the lien.

Personal Injury Medicaid Cases-Getting the Lien

    Send:
  • A letter of representation, on letterhead, signed by attorney requesting the client’s claims history
  • HIPAA authorization to both DMAS and the OAG (Office of Attorney General)
  • Recipient’s full name, SSN, date of birth
  • Recipient’s Medicaid number (12 digit number)
  • A copy of the front and back of the Medicaid card
  • The date of accident or injury
  • A description of the injuries
  • An itemized list of all medical expenses for the recipient, including dates of service and medical provider
  • The name of the person in your office they should communicate with, including phone, email, and mailing address
  • USE TPL (Third Party Liability) Request Form
  • Everything must be sent to tplcasualty@dmas.virginia.gov

As of April 1, 2024, the contact person at the Attorney General’s office is an attorney by the name of John Myers. His email is jmyersjr@oag.state.va.us.

What to do when the Lien is Wrong

  • Provide the right information with your initial request
  • If a charge is wrongly included, you must request it be removed
  • Send the request to the analyst who processes the lien explaining why the charges should be removed.
  • You must provide an explanation and documentation as appropriate.
  • If a charge is missing from the line, include the dates of service and provider name.

Future Recovery

In the June 6, 2022 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court entitled, Gallardo v. Marstiller, the court ruled that states can recover from the amount obtained by the plaintiff for both future medical expenses and past medical expenses.  They are not limited to simply recovering from that pool of money for past medical expenses.  Virginia Code § 8.01-66.9 only gives Medicaid the right to recover as to treatment for which they have paid.  That same language applies at the federal level.  If the federal statute is changed so as to allow recovery for future medical expenses, then the state likewise would be allowed to make a similar statutory change.

Retroactive Recovery

Medicaid only makes retroactive payments for up to three (3) months prior to the application. If someone applied more than 3 months after incurring the bill, Medicaid won’t make any payments to the hospital. https://www.vhcf.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Overview-2-2021.pdf

Filing a Petition

If the above doesn’t work then you need to file a petition with the court asking for a determination of the lien and a compromise of the lien.  This typically generates a quick response from the Attorney General’s office. The form is available in VTLA Hot Docs. 

Such a petition would be styled as a Petition to Determine Lien Held by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Your Petition

Within your petition, you need to itemize the attempts made to determine what the lien is through your various inquiries to the government.

You need to set forth that there has been no response from the government as to any of those inquiries. 

You then need to expressly plead that pursuant to Virginia Code § 8.01-66.9 you are requesting the court to compel the government to provide its final lien amount. Also allege that because of the delay in obtaining this information, the court should reduce the lien to zero dollars. 

Further, you have to allege that you have complied with Virginia Code § 2.2-514 prior to the filing of the petition. 

If you do all of that, you may have some success not only determining what the lien is but also getting it reduced. 

Is the Client’s Right to Governmental Benefits in Jeopardy?

Before settling a case involving a Medicaid client, you need to ask whether or not the settlement may deprive the client of future benefits.  This may depend on what type of Social Security benefits they are receiving, if any.  Whether they are on SSI or not, they may still have to report these funds to Medicaid.  Furthermore it may be possible to use a special needs trust in order to preserve the client’s Medicaid or other governmental benefits.  Therefore all of these are things that need to be considered before reaching any such settlement.  

Call or contact us for a free consult. Also for more info on Personal Injury Medicaid Cases see the Wikipedia pages. Also see the post on this site dealing with Medicare issues.

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