Title 49, Chapter 4, Section 149
(a) The Department of Community Health shall have a lien for the
charges for medical care and treatment provided a medical assistance
recipient upon any moneys or other property accruing to the
recipient to whom such care was furnished or to his legal
representatives as a result of sickness, injury, disease,
disability, or death, due to the liability of a third party, which
necessitated the medical care.
(b) The department may perfect and enforce any lien arising under subsection (a) of this Code section by following the procedures set forth for hospital liens in Code Sections 44-14-470 through 44-14-473; except that the department shall have one year from the date the last item of medical care was furnished to file its verified lien statement; and the statement shall be filed with the appropriate clerk of court in the county wherein the recipient resides and in Fulton County. The verified lien statement shall contain the following: the name and address of the person to whom medical care was furnished; the date of injury; the name and address of the provider or providers furnishing medical care; the dates of services; the amount claimed to be due for the care; and, to the best of the department's knowledge, the names and addresses of all persons, firms, or corporations claimed to be liable for damages arising from the injuries. This Code section shall not affect the priority of any attorney's lien.
(c) The department shall be subrogated, but only to the extent of
the reasonable value of the medical assistance paid and attributable
to any sickness, injury, disease, or disability, to the rights of
medical assistance recipients to any benefits provided such
recipients by virtue of private health care insurance contracts;
provided, however, the right of subrogation does not attach to any
recipient's rights to benefits paid or provided under private health
care coverage prior to the receipt of written notice, by the carrier
who issued the health care contract, of the exercise by the
department of its subrogation rights.
(d) A recipient of medical assistance who receives medical care for
which the department may be obligated to pay shall be deemed to have
made assignment to the department of any rights of such person to
any payments for such medical care from a third party, up to the
amount of medical assistance actually paid by the department;
provided, however, assignment does not attach to a recipient's right
to any payments provided under private health care coverage prior to
the receipt of written notice, by the carrier who issued the health
care coverage, of the exercise by the department of its assignment.
This subsection shall apply to a recipient only if notice of this
subsection is given to the recipient at the time his application for
medical assistance is filed. The assignment created by this
subsection shall be effective until the recipient of medical
assistance is no longer an eligible recipient for medical