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Issue Alert - 04-07-11

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Jul 07, 2004

Issue Summary:

The Family Independence Agency (FIA) has issued policy on determining the value of real property and mobile homes.

Persons Affected:

Individuals applying for or receiving Medicaid based on disability or advanced age (65 or older).

For More Information:

Michigan Poverty Law Program 611 Church Street, Suite 4A Ann Arbor, MI 48104-3000(734) 998-6100(734) 998-9125 Fax



What's Happening?

FIA’s Program Eligibility Manual (PEM) 400, p. 17, now includes a list of sources that may be used to verify the values of real property. The policy is available online at list is as follows:- Deed, mortgage, purchase agreement or contract- State Equalized Value (SEV) on current property tax records multiplied by 2- Statement of real estate agent or financial institution- Attorney or court records- County records

What Should Advocates Do?

Help clients get documentation of the value of real property or mobile homes that they own or are purchasing. It is particularly important to assist with getting statements from realtors or others if the property is worth less than its SEV or the purchase price.

What Should Clients Do?

Ask your FIA worker for help in getting verification if you have any problems. Seek legal advice if you are denied Medicaid based on the value of real property or a mobile home and you believe FIA has over-valued the property.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services offices handle these types of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan LawHelp web site ( or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738.