Medicaid is a program created by federal legislation, 42 U.S.C. 1396et seq ., to provide joint federal and state funding of medical care for individuals who cannot afford to pay their own medical costs. States which participate in the program must comply with federal requirements, one of which is that they seek reimbursement of paid Medicaid benefits in certain circumstances. See 1396a (a) (18) and (25), and 1396p.
Social Services Law
Seeking Reimbursement of Medicaid Benefits
New Jersey Law Journal
November 6, 2008