Family of Nursing Home Residents Receive Settlement After 21-Year Lawsuit

A long legal battle in one state has come to a close after nursing home residents claimed that the state had been stealing from them. The 1991 class-action suit alleged that up to 16,000 nursing home residents were cheated out of insurance co-payments and deductibles when the state began double-billing them for services.

The judge on the case said the abuse by those supposed to be public servants was shocking, especially with the victims being elderly and in poor health. The case settled in 2006, fifteen years after it was filed.

The suit accused state officials of having nursing homes bill both Medicare and Medicaid for the same service. The nursing home would keep the higher payment, while the state would then take the smaller one. As a result, many patients lost co-payments and other patient contributions for services they had already paid for.

Last month, after more than five years of tracking down the family members of nursing home residents who have died, the judge finally closed the case. The victims received refunds ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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