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A resource is one of the three important elements in determining Medicaid eligibility.

The Medicaid application process involves three tests. First, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) wants to make sure a Medicaid applicant is medically needy - that they actually need to be in a nursing home. Second, DHS will evaluate whether the applicant has too much income. Third, DHS will consider the applicant's resources.[Read More]

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 spread changes to the Medicaid rules over hundreds of pages of the federal code.

In 2005, Congress passed legislation which, among many, many other things, changed the way a Medicaid applicant's resources and past transfers are considered. This bill is called the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and was signed by the President on February 8, 2006.[Read More]

A Medicaid spenddown can mean two different things - and neither is what you'd expect.

When a Medicaid applicant is married, the rules allow their spouse to retain a minimum amount of assets and income. We've already talked about the community spouse resource allowance (CSRA); the minimum income level is called the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance (MMMNA). [Read More]

The Medicaid rules are designed to maintain a minimum standard of living for both spouses.

When a Medicaid applicant is married, the rules allow their spouse to retain a minimum amount of assets and income. We've already talked about the community spouse resource allowance (CSRA); the minimum income level is called the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance (MMMNA). [Read More]

If you thought the IRS was hard on your income, look at how Medicaid treats it.

The Medicaid definition of "income" comes from federal law and reads as follows: Income is "[a]nything a person receives either in cash or in kind that can be used to meet the person’s basic needs of food, clothing, or shelter." [Read More]

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