The SSI regulations describe deeming as the process of considering another person’s income or resources to be your own. See 20 CFR § 416.1160 (income) and 20 CFR § 416.1202 (Resources). Prior to the time Medicaid is approved, all marital resources are deemed available to the Applicant. See 42 U.S. Code § 1396r–5(c)(2)(A). However, 42 […]

As a general rule, all countable resources owned by the Institutionalized Spouse are considered available to pay his or her nursing home bills. It does not matter whether the resource is co-owned with someone else unless co-ownership makes it impossible to liquidate the resource. Georgia ABD Manual § 2300 states that resources include cash, other […]

Common myths include the following: (1) the Community Spouse’s income must be used to pay nursing home bills, (2) that the Community Spouse’s income is combined with the applicant’s income to determine whether a qualified trust is necessary; and (3) that the applicant is not eligible because the Community Spouse has high income. Each of […]

On the income side, there are three pathways to Medicaid eligibility for nursing home residents. First, SSI recipients are almost always eligible. Second, in most States, if the resident’s income does not exceed 300% of the federal poverty level ($2,523 in 2022), then he or she qualifies for Medicaid under a “special income level.” Third, […]

In evaluating financial eligibility for Medicaid, both monthly income and resources must be considered. The basic rule is everything having value is an asset. 42 U.S.C. § 1396p(h)(1). This includes monthly income and resources. Income includes both earned and unearned income. 42 U.S.C. § 1396p(h)(2) incorporates by reference the definition of income found at 42 […]

Categorical and medical eligibility is covered in Chapter 2. Here we begin an aerial fly-over of financial eligibility. In this chapter we are painting with a broad brush. Subsequent chapters will examine financial eligibility and planning techniques in more detail. In reviewing financial eligibility, it is important to know which class of assistance the applicant […]

Only those persons with a medical need are eligible for Medicaid and not all persons needing help receive Medicaid. In Georgia, medical eligibility determinations for nursing home facility care are performed by the facility using Form DMA-59. Determinations for CCSP (HCBS) are made by the CCSP RN Care coordinator. 2240 – Level of Care As […]

With few exceptions (such as the existence of an interstate compact), a Medicaid applicant must be a resident of the State where benefits are provided. 42 CFR § 435.403. [Note 10]. The “duration” of residence cannot be a condition of eligibility. See 42 CFR § 435.403(j)(1); Shapiro v. Thompson, 394 U.S. 618 (1969). HCFA 64 […]

An applicant must be a U.S. Citizen or a legally admitted alien to receive Medicaid. 42 CFR § 435.406. In that regard, HCFA 64 provides as follows: 3210.1 General Requirements.–The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-193) significantly changed Medicaid eligibility for individuals who are not citizens of the United States. […]

In addition, to establish technical eligibility for nursing home Medicaid, an applicant must be (i) a U.S. Citizen or lawfully admitted alien, (ii) a resident of the State where benefits are sought and (iii) have been treated for a continuous period of 30 days in a medical facility. 42 C.F.R. § 435.211. [Note 7]. By […]

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