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FL modifies Medicaid benefits criteria

7-1-2011 - Florida Medicaid has changed two rules for Medicaid Long Term Care Benefits, effective July 1, 2011:

An applicant's eligibility for Florida Medicaid longterm nursing care benefits continues to be unaffected by the amount of income his/her spouse receives. However, if the well spouse's income falls below the Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance, a portion of the applicant's income may be diverted to the well spouse in order to bring the well spouse's income to that level. Effective July 1, 2011, the Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs allowance rises from $1822 to $1839.

Also effective July 1, applicants with equity interest in their homestead in excess of $506,000 will not be eligible for long-term care Medicaid benefits.  The prior limit was $500,000. If a home is held in any form of shared ownership, Medicaid considers only the fractional interest of the applicant requesting long-term care Medicaid benefits. 

More information on qualifying for Florida Medicaid longterm care benefits.

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