What income is available to a spouse that is not in need of Medicaid for long term care benefits?
The spouse at home is commonly called the community spouse. Under the Medicaid rules that are currently in place, the community spouse is deemed to need at least $1,991 to pay the bills while they are living at home. If the community spouse’s income is not high enough to meet that limit, then we can ask for a diversion from some of the institutionalized spouse’s income to go to the community spouse so that they have enough money to pay the bills. In some limited circumstances, the community spouse can ask for more money, up to a limit of $2,981 so they can pay higher expenses for the household.