IN FORT COLLINS, ARE YOU LIABLE FOR MOM OR DAD'S NURSING HOME CARE?

In Pennsylvania a health care provider recently sued a former patient's adult son for payment of the patient's care.  The lawsuit was based on a Pennsylvania statute that required a child to pay for the care of an indigent parent.  There are at least 29 states that have statutes that require financial responsibility for parents and other family members.  To the best of my knowledge, Colorado is not currently one of those states.  Nearby states that have such laws are:  Utah, California, Iowa, Montana, Nevada, North and South Dakota.

In Fort Collins or any other place you could make yourself liable by signing an agreement to pay for your parent's health care.   Therefore if you help your parent enter a health care facility you need to be aware of signing any document that may obligate you to pay for that care.

If you are a resident of Fort Collins and have a parent in a state that requires an adult child to be responsible for his or her parent's care, you would not be liable here in Fort Collins, but you should check with someone knowledgeable about that state's laws before returning to the state where your parent lives.

The Pennsylvania lawsuit made me realize again the importance in doing our best to plan for our own health care and that of our families. 

Posted on August 18, 2013 .