An appellate panel reversed a Riverside Superior Court probate ruling that granted an extra $480,000 in inheritance, finding it instead should have been paid to the California Department of Health Care Services.
The California Department of Health Care Services had appealed the ruling.
Joseph Snukst used $480,000 through Medi-Cal, which California and federal law dictates be recovered by the Department of Health Care Services after a recipient dies, if the recipient is older than 55 and does not have children younger than 21.
Snukst had bought an annuity in 2004 that valued $804,000 at the time of his death on July 29, 2016.
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