Using Medicaid to Cover Services for Elderly Persons in Residential Care Settings: State Policy Maker and Stakeholder Views in Six States. Spousal Protection

12/01/2003

There are no spousal income and asset protections for Medicaid state plan services, including Assistive Care Services. When spouses live together in a home, a spouse's income is counted in determining whether a person meets the income eligibility standard. However, if one of the spouses enters a residential care facility, they are each treated as an individual and the community spouse's income is not counted in determining eligibility.

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