ELMWOOD, KS (KCTV) -- A Kansas family is warning others that Medicaid can take your house.

It’s a lesson learned the hard way after a grandmother battled cancer and spent her final years in a nursing home.

“People need to know they are going to do this. People need to know they can take away your homes if they help your parents,” Janie Lucas warns.

Treva Bollman worked for years and paid taxes before cancer hit hard. There were surgeries and Bollman needed nursing care.

“It was a long hard battle,” Lucas said.

Bollman had Medicare and then Medicaid as a secondary insurance.

The family says the question if Bollman understood the strings attached.

The state recently put what’s called a “post death Medicaid Lien” on the property.

“We get this letter after she gets sick. Saying they want it now. it’s no longer mine and that’s not right,” Walter Bollman said.

“For the state to say we helped you now we want our money back. It’s almost half a million dollars,” Lucas said.

The family says the property is sentimental but question the value to others.

“It’s Elwood, Kansas. So, it’s worth maybe $50,000 to $60,000,” Lucas said.

“We are living on a sandbar so you have sinkholes coming up everywhere,” Walter Bollman said.

The family is sharing what happened to them to warn possibly help others.

“When someone goes on Medicaid, they are notified that at some point estate recovery is going to be a part of this process. Unfortunately, they are inundated with so much paperwork it probably doesn’t even get noticed,” elder car attorney Tim Winkler said.

Winkler points out every day 9,000 baby boomers turn 65, but many families are unprepared.

“If you get good advice there are steps you can take to lessen it or avoid it,” Winkler said.


For more information:

https://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-2016/plan-ahead-for-longterm-care.html

https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/eligibility/estate-recovery/index.html

https://www.agingwisely.com/eldercare-family-checklist/

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Investigative Reporter

(4) comments

kansascityben

Read the story, the state recovered the property of the deceased, not these "poor people". Please remove this story from the page is it is growing tiresome seeing it everyday. There is real news to be read.

Barbara

They except you to Iive on nothing and then they go

Mattwm

Socialism fails every time. We pay for it all our lives, then they scam us out of our property if we use it.

Barbara

[angry] how can it be right for the government to come in and to do something like that. You work all your life and pay taxes but when you retire you still end up paying uncle Sam still. How is that fair? Like last year when I got my cost of living raise by the time hud increasing my rent and taking some of food stamps away my cost of living was nothing. If you get any kind of extra money uncle Sam will figure how to get it back

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