Laws at both the federal and state levels require adult children to be financially responsible for paying for long-term care facilities and to seek reimbursement for unpaid bills. You may someday be on the hook for thousands of dollars' worth of care required by aging parents — but that's not the whole story.
More than half of all states and Puerto Rico hold adult children financially accountable in some way for expenses such as a parent's medical care and basic needs when that parent is impoverished. New Hampshire, on the other hand, has taken steps to limit children's responsibilities. Arkansas requires adult children to pay only for mental health care. Some states place time limitations on how long adult children are required to pay.
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