The Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly Member for South Wales West, Peter Black is urging the families of patients who have been in residential or nursing homes or were being cared for elsewhere for long term illnesses between 1st April 2004 and 31st July 2013 to lodge claims with their local health board to recover the costs of continuing medical care before the deadline of 31 July 2014 so as to avoid missing out.
The deadline is tucked away on the Welsh Government website but there appears to have been little attempt by Ministers to publicise it or to encourage claims despite the fact that many families will have paid out tens of thousands of pounds in care costs and may have had to sell their relative's homes to find the money.
Mr. Black said: "There are hundreds of people in our area and throughout Wales who have paid out substantial sums of money on care for their loved ones, who are entitled to claim that money back but who need to act now to do so.
"There is a great deal of confusion and lack of knowledge around this issue which means that many people have been struggling to raise large sums of money to pay for care when they did not need to do so.
"What is worse is that the Welsh Government has added to this confusion by introducing an arbitrary deadline for claims and then not publicizing. That is the second time they have done this.
"I would urge families whose relatives are in long term care and particularly those in residential homes to find out their rights, and submit a claim to their Local Health Board as quickly as possible.