Medicaid Asset Rules
In order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits a nursing home resident may have no more than $2,000 in "countable" assets.
*The figure may be higher in some states. Note that Medicaid is a state-run program, so the rules are can vary in each state, although there are federal guidelines.
In order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits a nursing home resident may have no more than $2,000 in “countable” assets (in most states) . The spouse of the nursing home resident – called the “community spouse” – is limited to one half of the couple’s joint assets up to $120,900 (in 2017) in countable assets. (In some states the community spouse may keep all of the couple’s assets up to $120,900, not just half up to that amount.) This figure, called the community spouse resource allowance (CSRA), changes each year to reflect inflation. In addition, the community spouse may keep the first $24,180 (in 2017), even if that is more than half of the couple’s assets. This figure is higher in some states, up to the full $120,900 as mentioned above.
Without proper Medicaid Planning you can pay over $10,000 a month to a nursing home vs. saving your hard-earned money for family.
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Innocent gifts to grandchildren could result in extended periods without Medicaid long-term care coverage.
What assets are counted?
All assets are counted against these limits unless the assets fall within the short list of "noncountable" assets. These include the following:
Personal possessions, such as clothing, furniture, and jewelry
One motor vehicle, regardless of value, as long as it is used for transportation of the applicant or a household member. The value of an additional automobile may be excluded if needed for health or self-support reasons (check your state's rules).
The applicant's principal residence, provided it is in the same state in which the individual is applying for coverage. In some states, the home will not be considered a countable asset for Medicaid eligibility purposes as long as the nursing home resident intends to return home; in other states, the nursing home resident must prove a likelihood of returning home. Under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), principal residences may be deemed noncountable only to the extent their equity is less than $552,000, with the states having the option of raising this limit to $828,000 (in 2015). In all states and under the DRA, the house may be kept with no equity limit if the Medicaid applicant's spouse or another dependent relative lives there
Prepaid funeral plans and a small amount of life insurance
Assets that are considered "inaccessible" for one reason or another
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