(A) The director of job and family services shall establish rules under which county departments of job and family services may take action to recover benefits incorrectly paid on behalf of recipients of medical assistance. The rules shall provide for recovery by the following methods:
(1) Soliciting voluntary payments from recipients or from persons holding property in which a recipient has a legal or equitable interest;
(2) Obtaining a lien on property pursuant to division (B) of this section.
(B) A county department of job and family services may bring a civil action in a court of common pleas against a recipient of medical assistance for the recovery of any medical assistance benefits determined by the court to have been paid incorrectly on behalf of the recipient. All persons holding property in which the recipient has a legal or equitable interest may be joined as parties. The court may issue pre-judgment orders, including injunctive relief or attachment under Chapter 2715. of the Revised Code, for the preservation of real or personal property in which the recipient may have a legal or equitable interest. If the court determines that benefits were paid incorrectly and issues a judgment to that effect, the county department may obtain a lien upon property of the recipient in accordance with Chapter 2329. of the Revised Code.
(C) The county department of job and family services shall retain fifty per cent of the balance remaining after deduction from the recovery of the amount required to be returned to the federal government and shall pay the other fifty per cent of the balance to the department of job and family services.
(D) Recovery of medical assistance benefits incorrectly paid to a recipient may not be accomplished by reducing the amount of benefits the recipient is entitled to receive under another government assistance program.
(E) The remedies provided pursuant to this section do not affect any other remedies county departments of job and family services may have to recover benefits incorrectly paid on behalf of recipients of medical assistance.
Effective Date: 07-01-2000