Medicaid Liens and Recoveries (02 OMM/ADM-3), April 17, 2002:

a legal claim, which attaches to and binds specified property for the purpose of obtaining the payment of a debt or obligation. Medicaid liens are only imposed in certain situations, pursuant to specific authority granted in statute. Having a legal basis to pursue a Medicaid recovery from an individual, by itself, does not confer the authority to place a lien against that individual’s property.