Kansas family warns others that Medicaid can take your house

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ELWOOD, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Kansas family is warning others that Medicaid can take your house. It's a lesson they learned the hard way after a family member battled cancer and spent her final years in a nursing home. 

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

KCTV reports Treva Bollman worked for years before she got cancer. There were surgeries and Bollman needed nursing care.

Bollman had Medicare and then Medicaid as a secondary insurance. But the family questions if Bollman understood the strings attached.

The state 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,'" Lucas said. "It’s almost half a million dollars.”

The family is sharing what happened to them to 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," said elder care attorney Tim Winkler. "Unfortunately, they are inundated with so much paperwork it probably doesn’t even get noticed,.”

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,” he said.

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