Community Spouse Resource Allowances for 2017

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The cost of care in a nursing home can devastate the lifetime savings of a married couple. In recognition of this problem Congress passed a law in 1988 which was intended to limit the “spousal impoverishment” that can result when one spouse becomes a nursing home resident. Under this Medicaid law, minimum amounts of financial […]

Spousal Impoverishment Allowances for 2016

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The cost of care in a nursing home can devastate the lifetime savings of elderly couples. In 1988, Congress passed a law intended to prevent the “spousal impoverishment” that can result when one spouse becomes a nursing home resident. Under this Medicaid law, minimum amounts of resources and income are protected for a spouse who […]

2015 Medicaid Spousal Protection Figures

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The Federal Government has published the consumer price index for all urban consumers, all items, U.S. city average (the CPI-U) for the month of September 2014. Using these figures it is possible to project Medicaid’s 2015 Community Spouse minimum and maximum resource allowance and maximum income allowance for 2015. What are Community Spouse Resource and […]

The Community Spouse Minimum Income Allowance

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If a nursing home resident is receiving Medicaid long-term care benefits, most of their income must be paid to the nursing home each month and applied to the cost of their care. This is sometimes referred to as the resident’s “patient pay liability.”   But, if the nursing home resident is married, this patient pay […]