By: Attorney Nathan Simpson
A recent case from Florida illustrates the danger that comes from not using an attorney when making an application for Medicaid, and instead relying on the advice government workers. In Garcia v. Dept. of Children and Families (Fla. Dist. Ct. App.,3d, No. 3D12-834, Jan. 30, 2013), the state had given a family bad advice while they were doing a Medicaid application. Because of that advice, after giving a Medicaid approval, the state then demanded the family repay the state, saying benefits should not have been approved. After a court battle the family prevailed. However, the battle could have been avoided if an Attorney had been involved from the beginning. The attorney could have advised them of the Medicaid rules and regulations, making sure that a situation like this did not develop.
Don’t rely on the county to give you Medicaid advice. Contact an Elder Law Attorney who can help you navigate the maze of Medicaid rules, while preserving what you have worked your entire life to earn.
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