Gister v. Am. Family Mut. Ins. Co.Annotate this Case
In this case the Supreme Court was asked to decide whether a charitable hospital may pursue payment for medical care provided to a Medicaid-eligible patient by filing a lien against a settlement between the patient and an insurance company covering the liability of a tortfeasor responsible for the patient's injuries. To answer the question, the Court balanced the complex state and federal legal framework surrounding Medicaid with Wis. Stat. 779.80 (hospital lien statute). The Court concluded that the soundest harmonization of the two permitted the liens at issue here. In so doing, the Court reversed the court of appeals, which reversed the circuit court's reasoning that the hospital was authorized to either file the liens or bill Medicaid.