Under the Texas Medicaid Estate Recovery Program (MERP), the state may file a claim against the estate of a deceased Medicaid recipient for reimbursement of the funds. If the state files a MERP claim, families trying to arrange the financial affairs of their loved one face the possibility of losing property or other assets.
At Wright Abshire, we represent Medicaid recipients’ family members who want to protect family assets from Texas MERP claims. We have in-depth experience with all aspects of Medicaid planning and asset protection, and we offer exceptional legal services to our clients. Contact our office to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you.
When Are MERP Claims Possible?
Are you worried that a MERP claim may be filed against the estate after your loved one passes? There are guidelines that can tell you whether or not your loved one is “eligible” for this process. For instance, the state can only make a claim for Medicaid services received after the age of 55 and after March 1, 2005 (according to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services).
Claims may be filed for services such as:
- Nursing and long-term care facilities
- Hospital stays
- Prescription drugs
- Waiver programs
Are You Facing a MERP Claim?
If the state does file a claim, then your family could lose everything from insurance policies to pension plans. However, with the proper legal guidance, you may be able to minimize the financial effects on the estate.
For more than 25 years, the attorneys at Wright Abshire have dedicated their practice to estate planning with a special emphasis in Medicare and Medicaid issues. In many cases, we are able to work out an agreement that benefits you and your family, while satisfying the state’s needs.
Contact Wright Abshire for a Consultation
If the state filed a MERP claim against your loved one’s estate, contact our office for a consultation. Our estate planning lawyers will review your situation and inform you of the legal options to protect your property and other assets.
From our offices in Bellaire and Carmine, Texas, we represent clients in the Houston area and throughout Texas. We also represent out-of-state clients with elderly family members in living in Texas. Our Elder Law attorneys can make home, hospital or nursing home visits outside of the Houston area when necessary. And in some cases, many of our legal services can be provided over the telephone for our clients’ convenience.