Do you have to pay Medicaid back for assisted living if you move to another facility?

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My mom went into an AL as "pending medicaid" in IL. They said once she sold her house, she would have to private pay until she ran out of money, then reapply for Medicaid. We moved her in March 2016, house sold in Aug. 2016. I believe we should now by paying private pay, however, the statement does not reflect that. We are very unhappy with the AL she is at, and want to move her. We have qualified for VA assistance, and can move her back to IA. Since we should have been private pay the last 6 weeks, and will continue to be private pay until she runs out of money (if we should stay there) will we have to pay the state back for the first six months she was there? I know we have to pay the next 30 days as we had to give 30 days notice, but if we have to go back and private pay since last March, we would not have the money to move her to a better assisted living facility where she will receive better care. Thanks for your help!

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Thank you! Yes, she was Medicaid pending when she first moved in, and then when she was approved (before the house sold) she was on Medicaid. Once the house sold (we closed in August) she had the money from the house, so we were told we would no longer be on Medicaid and she would have to private pay until she ran out of money. We are not currently on Medicaid and want to move her to another facility, but was told we had to go back and private pay for the months she has been there, which started March 2016. Now to find a good attorney that can help us quickly! We already put down the deposit for the new assisted living, and only have 2 weeks to move her in. If we have to pay that back, we will not be able to move her now. Thanks so much for answering my question! Have a good night!
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Usually a Medicaid lien will appear at the closing. Have you closed the sale yet? If you have not you really need to discuss this with the attorney handling the closing. "Medicaid pending" is not the same as being on Medicaid; in many cases the Medicaid application bounces and it is the Nursing Home who sues for payment, not the state. You really do need an attorney.
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