Some 30 states currently have laws making adult children responsible for their parents if their parents can't afford to take care of themselves.  These “filial responsibility” laws have been rarely enforced, but six years ago when federal rules made it more difficult to qualify for Medicaid long-term care coverage, some elder law attorneys speculated that nursing homes would start using the laws as a way to get care paid for.

ElderlawAnswers is now reporting that a Pennsylvania appeals court recently found a son liable for his mother's $93,000 nursing home bill under the state's filial responsibility law.Health Care & Retirement Corporation of America v. Pittas(Pa. Super. Ct., No. 536 EDA 2011, May 7, 2012).  For the full report, see ElderlawAnswers article entitled, "Son Liable for Mom's $93,000 Nursing Home Bill Under 'Filial Responsibility' Law."