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Arkansas Department of Human Services v. Ahlborn

Docket No.: 04-1506
Certiorari Granted: Sep 27 2005
Argued: February 27, 2006
Decided: May 1, 2006

Topic:

Civil Rights

PartyNames: ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES et al. v. AHLBORN
Petitioner: Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, et al.
Respondent: Heidi Ahlborn

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services, et al.
v.
Heidi Ahlborn
547 U.S. 268 (2006)
Question Presented:

Whether federal Medicaid law, which requires that a medical assistance recipient assign to the state any right to payment from a third party who is liable for the recipient's medical expenses, and which also prohibits the placement of a pre-death lien upon a recipient's "property," entitles the state to full reimbursement from personal injury settlement proceeds of Medicaid benefits paid on the recipient's behalf, regardless of what portion of the settlement proceeds are designated as compensation for medical care?

Question:

Do federal Medicaid statutes limit the amount a state can recover in reimbursement from a third-party payment to the portion earmarked for medical treatment?

Holding: affirmed
Vote: 9-0
Opinion By:
Read ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES V. AHLBORN opinion (PDF)
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