May 2006, No. 4

May 2006, Vol. IV, No. 4

How do you account for medicaid liens in personal injury cases? If you said that a medicaid is entitled to a lien equal to the amount of money it paid for a plaintiff's medical bills, you would be wrong. In a major decision, the United States Supreme Court held that medicaid liens do not apply to lost wages and pain and suffering. Arkansas Dep't of Health and Human Servs. v. Ahlborn (2006). The impact of this decision means that lawyers must allocate settlements among the different classes of damages: lost wages, pain and suffering, and medical costs.

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