Medicaid Benefits for Married Couples: July 2012 update

Medicaid benefits for long-term care are available for married persons without requiring that both become impoverished, and allow the well spouse to keep the house, car and at least  $22,000.00 while the other is in long-term care.   Effective July 1, 2012, the Medicaid progam also allows the well spouse to keep a minimum of $1,892 of the couple’s income.  This can be increased by up to $567 if the spouse living at home has excess household expenses, such as a mortgage, and can be increased even higher by court order.

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