The Michigan Supreme Court has released an opinion in four combined cases all involving Michigan’s Medicaid Estate Recovery Program. As we’ve learned from prior posts, the Michigan Court of Appeals has not been a friendly environment for Medicaid long term care planning (see for instance the “Bloody Thursday” from just a few weeks ago). Well it turns out the Supremes are even less welcoming.
In their opinion the Michigan Supreme Court concludes the Court of Appeals was too generous in calculating the start date for estate recovery. They hold DHHS can go back to July. 2010. The Supremes reject all constitutional arguments or considerations, and address the “house of modest value” issue by vacating those portions of the Appeal’s Courts decisions that discuss it.
Appreciation for all who have worked so hard on this issue. It appears however that the time has come to let it go.