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Medicaid Spousal Diversion Rule changes 7-1-2012

02-23-2012 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced that effective July 1, 2012, the Florida Medicaid minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance will increase to $1891.25, up from $1838.75. This means that if an applicant for Florida Medicaid long-term care benefits has a healthy spouse whose income is under $1891.25, the healthy spouse may request that some of the applicant's income be diverted to him/her. Under certain circumstances, this spousal diversion can bring the spouse's income higher than $1891.25, but no less than $1891.25. If there is no spousal diversion, Medicaid places limits on the income of the healthy spouse. See our Medicaid Planning section for details on eligibility requirements.

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