Jesus Arellano settled his Pennsylvania workers’ compensation case for a broken hip. That settlement included a Medicare Set Aside for his future medical treatment. A Medicare Set Aside, or MSA is money that is put in a separate interest bearing account to be used by the injured worker to pay for future medical costs, expenses, and bills related to the injury. The Centers for Medicare strongly recommend that the money is used for this purpose; however, Mr. Arellano decided to buy a truck and two properties with the money. (*If an MSA is not properly used, Medicare will deny payment of any medical expenses they feel are related to a work injury. We strongly suggest you contact an experienced Pennsylvania workers’ compensation attorney before you consider this option)
When Mr. Arellano filed for bankruptcy, he argued that the truck and properties should be exempted from the proceedings. The bankruptcy judge agreed and found that a MSA should not be included in bankruptcy proceedings because it was slated for medical expenses and not property of the bankruptcy estate.
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