Below are multiple videos and resources that were created for the general public, legislators, and attorneys that specialize in probate. This information does not constitute legal advice, and should you have further questions or would like to discuss your rights MassNAELA encourages you to reach out to one of our member attorneys. You can search for one of our members in your area using this link:
Estate Recovery for MassHealth Members
If you receive MassHealth (the Medicaid program in Massachusetts), the Commonwealth may be able to recover against anything you own, such as a family home when you pass away. MassNAELA recommends that you contact one of our attorneys to provide advice on protecting your family home, or probating a loved one’s estate after they have passed away receiving MassHealth benefits. Click Here to view a MassHealth Notice regarding Estate Recovery.
7-Minute Video addressing the basics about Probate and Estate Recovery
This video was produced by MassNAELA to provide a quick overview of some of the basic information about the Probate process and Estate Recovery. People who are not familiar with the probate process or estate recovery should start by watching this video. Click Here to watch the video.
July 28, 2021 Public Webinar
This presentation offers similar information to the 7-Minute Video, but also discusses some of the legislation proposed to change Estate Recovery in Massachusetts. After the 30 minute presentation, there was an additional 30 minutes for participants to ask Questions to our expert panelists. Click Here to watch the video.
Please use the information below to contact your state legislators and let them know that you would like to see changes made to Estate Recovery in Massachusetts.
Bills and Factsheet: Estate Recovery Reform – An Act Protecting the Homes of Seniors and Disabled People on MassHealth
Sponsored by Representative Barber/Senator Comerford H1246 / S749 (Committee: Health Care Finance)
How to find your legislators: Click Here
Fact Sheet: Click Here
Recorded program for Attorneys that specialize in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate and Estate Administration
If you are an attorney that specialize in Elder Law, Estate Planning, and Probate and Estate Administration contact MassNAELA Executive Director, Clarence Richardson, at Clarence@MassNAELA.com for information about a MassNAELA program that was recorded that explains some of the recent regulatory changes to MassHeatlh Estate Recovery. This program covers some of the newly create exceptions to estate recovery and who to access them.
Helpful Links (Click on the descriptions below to view the links.)
Free or low cost legal assistance – Mass. Legal Resource Finder
Click here to find out how to ask MassHealth how much they have paid on your behalf
Information from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts about Estate Recovery
Information from the Massachusetts Court about the Probate Process
Letter from Mecdicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission