Understanding Medicaid Home and Community Services: A Primer, 2010 Edition. 100 Percent of Poverty Option

10/29/2010

States have the option of raising the income eligibility level for persons over age 65 and persons under age 65 with disabilities as high as 100 percent of the Federal poverty level ($10,830 for one person in calendar year 2010, increasing incrementally for additional family members).13 The state’s eligibility limits on countable resources must be at the SSI levels ($2,000 for one person, $3,000 for a couple), or at the state’s option, its medically needy resource levels if they are higher than SSI levels.

It bears repeating here that what is compared to these eligibility levels is countable (not total) income and assets. At the very least, states must disregard the same kinds and amounts of income and resources that SSI disregards.14

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