Protecting Claimants’ Public Benefits While Keeping Law Firms Compliant

 

Special Needs Trusts

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While there are different types of special needs trusts, they all share the common trait of maintaining eligibility for means tested government assistance programs such as Medicaid and SSI. In addition to maintaining eligibility for these programs, special needs trusts also create a fund that can be used to supplement the care and services provided through these programs.

As a result of an increasing compliance-oriented environment, attorneys are becoming more aware of the need to protect public benefit eligibility for their clients at the time a settlement is reached. The Centers assists attorneys in meeting this obligation and provides solutions through our special needs trust administration services.

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Specialty Trust Services

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From its beginning nearly 15 years ago, The Centers quickly established a reputation for crafting creative solutions for difficult problems. If an attorney is having difficulty finding a solution for a client’s problem, the attorney can contact The Centers to discuss a possible solution.

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Medicare Set-Aside Services

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The Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Act establishes that Medicare benefits are secondary to benefits payable by a third party payer.

Medicare’s future interest must be taken into account in every settlement where the MSP Act applies.

The generally accepted method for protecting Medicare’s future interest is to allocate funds for future medical care, place the funds in a Medicare Set-Aside (MSA) account, and pay for the appropriate medical care over time. The Centers MSA allocation, submission, and administration services consider Medicare’s interest while protecting the client’s future Medicare benefits.

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Lien Resolution

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It has become increasingly common for government liens and subrogation claims to be asserted against personal injury settlements. Medicare and Medicaid both have the statutory right to repayment when their respective services have been provided as the result of injuries caused by third parties whether or not liability is formally established.

The Centers can assist with Medicare, Medicaid, Private Health, and ERISA liens by communicating with the appropriate agencies and the attorney’s office to review, resolve, and appeal lien and reimbursement rights asserted against recoveries.

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Structured Settlements

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A structured settlement is an agreement between a defendant and an injured party (or claimant) in which the claimant receives a stream of guaranteed, tax-free periodic payments tailored to his/her specific needs. Structured settlements can be an effective planning tool to ensure that awards are not dissipated and are thus available for ongoing and future needs.

The Centers offers structured settlement consulting services for attorneys and their clients with the end goal of optimizing the quality of life for victims of catastrophic accidents and injuries.

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Medical Record Services

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