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Estate Recovery

Estate recovery legal reference: 441 IAC 75.28(7)

If you received Medicaid benefits, which includes capitation fees paid to a managed care organization (MCO), the state of Iowa has the right to ask for money back from your estate after your death. Members affected by the estate recovery policy are those who are either:

  • 55 years of age or older, regardless of where they are living.
  • Under age 55 and:
    • Reside in a nursing facility, an intermediate care facility for persons with an intellectually disability, or a mental health institute.
    • Cannot reasonably be expected to be discharged and return home.

For more information, please call IME Member Services toll free at 1-800-338-8366 (1-515-256-4606 Des Moines area), 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.