Montana Code Annotated 2023



Part 1. Medical Assistance -- Medicaid

Receipt Of Transferred Assets For Less Than Fair Market Value -- Fine

53-6-190. Receipt of transferred assets for less than fair market value -- fine. (1) A person who receives an asset for less than fair market value from an applicant for or recipient of medical assistance for certain services under this part is subject to a civil fine payable to the department if the department initiates a judicial proceeding and shows by a preponderance of the evidence that:

(a) the asset was transferred to qualify the applicant or recipient for medical assistance for long-term care or home and community-based services;

(b) the transfer resulted in the imposition of a period of ineligibility for medical assistance under 53-6-166;

(c) the department advised the person who received the asset that the transfer would result in a period of ineligibility and the person refused to return the asset to the applicant or recipient; and

(d) the department provided medical assistance to the applicant or recipient during the period of ineligibility because the applicant or recipient received an undue hardship exception under 53-6-166.

(2) A court may impose a civil fine of 100% to 150% of the amount that the department paid for medical assistance for the applicant or recipient during the period of ineligibility that is attributable to the amount transferred to the person receiving the asset, plus the department's court costs and attorney fees.

(3) The department may petition a court to set aside a transfer that meets the requirements in subsection (1) and to require the return of the transferred asset to the applicant or recipient. Action under this subsection must be undertaken using available resources.

(4) All money collected under this section must be distributed to the state general fund and to the United States as required by applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

History: En. Sec. 1, Ch. 362, L. 2013.