Medicaid Can Collect SNF Room-And-Board Costs, State High Court Rules

May 16, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Nebraska's Medicaid program can claim reimbursement from beneficiaries for skilled nursing room-and-board costs, the state's high court ruled on Friday.  The case stems from a lawsuit filed by the estate of a nursing home resident who died in 2014.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services sought to collect almost $23,000 from the resident's estate to cover nursing home services, including room-and-board costs, The Omaha World-Herald reported.

The resident's estate argued that Medicaid funds couldn't be collected to cover “non-medical expenses” like room and board, and the DHHS' attempt to recoup the funds were “unconscionable and contrary to law.”  The estate also claimed the state health department profited from collecting Medicaid funds.

In its opinion the Nebraska Supreme ........ CLICK HERE TO READ MORE