Barbara Robinson was simply attempting to assist her mom’s pal join Medicaid and transfer into the Monroe County nursing house in Rochester, New York. However as a result of Robinson signed the admissions kind, the nursing house thought of her financially chargeable for the girl’s care, Anna Werner reported for CBS Information. After the girl died, the county sued Robinson for $21,000 in unpaid payments.
This report was achieved in partnership with a KHN-NPR investigation of America’s medical debt disaster. Noam N. Levey, KHN senior correspondent, wrote about Lucille Brooks, one other girl sued by Monroe County, this time over her brother’s nursing house invoice.
Pursuing unpaid payments, nursing houses throughout Rochester have been routinely suing not solely residents however their mates and households, a KHN evaluate of court docket data reveals. In most of these instances, the folks sued didn’t have an legal professional. In almost a 3rd, the nursing houses gained default judgments as a result of the defendants by no means responded.
Client attorneys in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, and Ohio instructed KHN they usually see such lawsuits in opposition to household and mates.
Choose Debra Martin dismissed the case in opposition to Robinson. She admonished the county, saying its case, offered with out documentation, “doesn’t meet the naked minimal necessities.”
Brooks is now within the clear, too, after the county dropped its case in opposition to her.
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