John Pittas’ mother was in a rehab facility after a car crash. After she was discharged, she left the country. Her $93,000 nursing home bill was not paid. She had applied for Medicaid but it was not approved quick enough for the nursing home.
The facility filed a lawsuit against John Pittas for his mother’s bill under the state’s filial responsibility law. John’s mother had a spouse and other children, but the nursing home singled out John for the lawsuit.
The trial court found for the facility. John appealed and lost. He was solely financially responsible for his mother’s $93,000 nursing home bill!
“No relative shall be held legally liable to support or to contribute to the support of any applicant for or recipient of aid under this chapter.”
It further states “No county or city and county or officer or employee thereof shall threaten any such relative with any legal action against him by or in behalf of the county or city and county or with any penalty whatsoever.”