Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services v. Heidi Ahlborn
In Arkansas Department of Health and Human Services v. Heidi Ahlborn, 547 U.S. 268 (2006) the Medicaid lien was $ 215,645.30 and the settlement was $ 550,000.00. Thus, the lien was for about 39 percent of the settlement.
Satisfaction of the entire amount of the lien would have left a severely disabled plaintiff with a relatively small recovery.
The parties in Ahlborn stipulated that the settlement was one-sixth of the value of the case. The Court relied on this stipulation to reduce the lien to one-sixth of the full amount.