Medicaid’s Asset Rules
In order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits a nursing home resident may have no more than $2,500 in “countable” assets (the figure may be somewhat lower / higher in some states). Note that Medicaid is a state-run program, so the rules are somewhat different in each state, although there are federal guidelines.
The spouse of a nursing home resident–called the “community spouse” — is limited to one half of the couple’s joint assets up to $128,640 (in 2020) in “countable” assets. This figure changes each year to reflect inflation. Called the “community spouse resource allowance,” this is the most that a state may allow a community spouse to retain without a hearing or a court order. The least that a state may allow a community spouse to retain is $25,728 (in 2020).
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