I don't know if this is in wrong forum but thought many of those who live in Texas should know about this. Also, I don't know if this only is existent in this state or the other states. Would be good to find out if your state has something similar or like this.

On March 1, 2005, Texas implemented the Medicaid Estate Recovery Program in compliance with federal Medicaid laws. The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services manages the program.

Under this program, the state may file a claim against the estate of a deceased Medicaid recipient, age 55 and older, who applied for certain long-term care services on or after March 1, 2005. Claims include the cost of services, hospital care, and prescription drugs supported by Medicaid under the following programs:

Nursing facility;
Intermediate care facility for persons with mental retardation (ICF/MR), which includes state schools;
Medicaid waiver programs including:
Community Living Assistance and Support Services,
Deaf-Blind with Multiple Disabilities,
Home and Community-based Services,
Texas Home Living Program,
Consolidated Waiver Programs, and
Community Based Alternatives, which includes Star Plus services; and
Community Attendant Services.

Exceptions to Filing Claims
Medicaid Estate Recovery Program claims will only be filed when it is cost-effective. Claims that are considered not cost-effective are those where:

the value of the estate is $10,000 or less;
the recoverable amount of Medicaid costs is $3,000 or less; or
the cost of selling the property would be equal to or greater than the property's value.

More ...

http://www.dads.state.tx.us/services...ery/index.html

Raven