What are my reimbursement obligations to SSI and Medicaid in an individual, personal injury settlement?



In individual cases, Medicaid has a “lien” only where a Medicaid beneficiary’s injuries are associated with third-party liability. In almost all states, there is no similar “lien” for SSI benefits. The Medicaid lien always runs from the date of your injury and ends on the date of your settlement, because that is the only period for which the third party is liable. Further, the Medicaid lien is limited to injury-related medical expenses and does not include any payments Medicaid would have paid had the incident not occurred.