Medicaid Estate Recovery in Colorado: What You Need to Know

Are you over 55 and currently on Medicaid? If so, you might recall filling out a form that asked
about all your properties. Ever wondered why? That’s the estate recovery form, a key part of the
Medicaid Estate Recovery program. Let’s dive into this program and its implications for you and
your family.


By the time you finish reading this article, you’ll have a clear understanding of the Medicaid
Estate Recovery program’s objectives, its potential effects on you and your family, and who
exactly administers it. This knowledge is crucial for anyone over 55 who is or might be on
Medicaid.

What is Medicaid Estate Recovery?


The Medicaid Estate Recovery program, a government initiative, is designed to recoup long-
term care and Medicaid benefits from an individual’s estate or property. It’s important to note
that the program’s administration varies from state to state. In Colorado, for instance, Health
Management Services (HMS) is in charge of administering the Medicaid Estate Recovery
program.


Can Medicaid take away someone’s home using the Medicaid Estate Recovery program?


As part of the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program, Medicaid can place a lien on someone’s
home to recover long-term care costs. However, it’s reassuring to know that there are
exemptions. Specific properties, for example, homes where a spouse, sibling, or child is living in
the house, may be exempt from estate recovery, providing a safety net for your assets.


How do you avoid Medicaid Estate Recovery in Colorado?


To avoid estate recovery, you should proactively plan to protect your properties and assets. One
option is to move your home to the name of your spouse or children. To protect your assets
from the Medicaid Estate Recovery program, you must seek guidance from an estate planning
attorney specializing in Medicaid.


Do you have questions about Medicaid Estate Recovery?

If you or a loved one are dealing with Medicaid estate recovery or would like to prepare your estate to mitigate any potential liens, The Germany Law Firm is here to help. We have experience in Medicaid-related estate issues.

Reach out today for an initial consultation: www.coelderlaw.com/contact-us.

Contact us to schedule your initial consultation.