Preserving Medicare eligibility of the injured party is a crucial matter to consider with any settlement.
When the injured party in a workers’ compensation case or possibly other types of cases is a Medicare recipient or is likely to become a recipient within 30 months of the date of settlement, or when the amount of settlement is over $250,000, the interests of Medicare come into play.
Federal law states that when a Medicare beneficiary is injured as the result of the negligence of another, the medical expenses should be paid by what is considered a primary plan, which is the liability insurance policy of the insured. Medicare is considered a secondary payor.
When Medicare pays for medical expenses upfront, it seeks repayment from the settlement. Failure to report the settlement can trigger penalties paid from the insurer and the injured party and their attorneys.
Medicare requires that its interests be considered in certain circumstance when a case is settled. Frequently, a Medicare set-aside is used to satisfy this requirement. The Medicare set-aside can pay for future medical services related to the lawsuit injury, illness, or disease. The amount is determined through an analysis of the circumstances of a particular case. Once a proper set-aside allocation is exhausted, Medicare becomes the primary payer.
- Tax-free benefit – the interest earned on the structured settlement is completely tax-free.
- Rated Ages (substandard underwriting) can reduce the cost of funding an MSA.
- Guaranteed Payments. Unlike a lump sum settlement, a periodic payment settlement will provide guaranteed benefits at specified payment dates to assure the MSA is financially secure.
- A structured settlement is less expensive than funding the MSA with a lump sum. This provides the possibility of additional available unrestricted funds being available.
- With a lump sum funded MSA, the claimant must exhaust the funds in the MSA before Medicare will cover any expenses related to the injury. Whereas, by funding the MSA with structured settlement payments over time, Medicare will cover any expenses over the current MSA balance in a given year.
It is our priority to facilitate the MSA process and preserve your clients’ Medicare eligibility. We have access to a wide array of products, experts and systems that can truly benefit our clients. The solutions we offer are varied and often complex, but NFP Structured Settlements handles each and every case with unsurpassed expertise and genuine compassion.
NFP Structured Settlements works with partners who provide the services required to help keep beneficiaries in compliance.