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Case No. 21-1868

In re Estate of Rice

In the Matter of the Estate of Susan I. Rice, Deceased

Methodist Manor Retirement Community, Appellant.

Attorney for Appellee-Estate of Susan I. Rice

Laura F. Kron, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for Appellant

John M. Murray

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 07, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Buena Vista County, Shayne Mayer, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Ahlers, P.J., and Badding and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (6 pages)

            Methodist Manor Retirement Community appeals from the district court’s denial of its attempt to jump in line ahead of the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services as a creditor in Susan Rice’s estate.  OPINION HOLDS: Assuming Methodist Manor’s judgment lien could attach to Rice’s home, that would not happen until after her death and after identification of her estate for Medicaid-reimbursement purposes.  Therefore, Rice’s home was not encumbered by any judgment lien for purposes of the department’s Medicaid-reimbursement claim. 

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