I am on Medicaid or Medicare. Do they have a subrogation right?

QUESTION:

I am on Medicaid or Medicare. Do they have a subrogation right?

AND THE ANSWER IS:

Absolutely. And you do have to go looking for their claim and pay them back. They are the government, and they have an automatic claim by law to be reimbursed. If you don’t contact them, then you could lose your benefits, have your tax refunds held, and be subject to a fine. As with the other health insurance liens, we can negotiate with Medicaid and Medicare to pay them back less than they paid for your treatment. Keep that in mind.