Are Married Couples Required to Spend Down One-Half of Their Assets in Order to Qualify for Medicaid?

The simple answer: No. In fact, there are couples who together have over $100,000 in assets (not including their home) and qualify for Medicaid without any spend down. How can this be? What about the “division of assets” and “spend down” people are always talking about? Medicaid law is quite complex and everyone’s situation is different. The following example is just one of the many ways in which some of our clients are able to qualify their spouse for Medicaid without spending a penny: Carol’s […]

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Updated Medicaid Figures for 2020

You may recall how the Medicaid laws work for a married couple when one of them needs nursing home care. The Spousal Impoverishment Provisions of the law make it clear that the Medicaid program does not intend to impoverish one spouse because the other needs care in a nursing home. Much of this is based on the spend-down of assets and what levels must be met before someone qualifies. The law says that for a married couple, the at-home spouse is entitled to keep a […]

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