Why Does Medicare Get A Piece of My Settlement?

We just reached a settlement of my truck wreck case.  Medicare is going to get a check for over $20,000?  My lawyer says we have to pay Medicare  this money because Medicare paid most of my medical bills.  Is that right?

Yes.   Medicare has a legal right to be re-paid from the money you receive.   Medicare reduces the amount of money it is owed by a pro rata share of the attorneys fees and expenses incurred in obtaining the settlement.  Under extraordinary circumstances Medicare will reduce the amount it is owed by an even greater amount..


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