I thought that's what I understood from an elder law attorney my mom consulted with. Bad decisions were made, including allowing the nursing home to file for Medicaid when my dad's short-term rehab turned into long-term custodial care.
That was almost 3 years ago and we still haven't seen the application that was submitted, despite their claims that they gave Mom a copy of everything
..........VENTING TIME: This is the same group that claimed they'd given her a full financial statement; had to get that through an attorney and guess what? it was WRONG, left out 3 payments they received. VENTING TIME ENDED........
The attorney said something about the facility being liable since they gave themselves the responsibility of filing for Medicaid and then did nothing when questions surfaced. That's actually beyond what they're supposed to do, according to their own admission agreement.
I think seeing the submitted application would answer a question or two that has gone unanswered these past 2 years. If anyone has any idea how to do that, I'd appreciate it. At the time, the Medicaid contact person said to get the copy from the nursing home because she couldn't give out a copy of a State document. And of course the nursing home just changed the subject whenever it came up. I'm sure something wasn't right with that application!