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Medicaid Personal Needs Allowance Increases

7-1-2014 - Florida Medicaid has again revised one of its regulations. The "Personal Needs Allowance" has been increased to $105.00 (up from $35.00) effective July 1, 2014. The Personal Needs Allowance is the amount of income a nursing home resident who is receiving Florida Medicaid long-term care benefits may retain for personal expenditures. The allowance may be used to pay for personal items and services that Medicaid and Medicare do not cover, such as toiletries, haircuts, etc.

A Medicaid recipient may also use his/her income to pay for a Medicare supplemental policy and/or Medicare Part D policy.  In addition, if the Medicaid beneficiary has a community spouse who is not residing in a nursing home, a portion of the recipient's income may be diverted to the well spouse in order to bring the spouse's income up to the minimum monthly needs allowance, currently $1966.00 per month (effective July 1, 2014).

Whatever amount of income remains after these expenses are subtracted is considered the patient's responsibility, and must go to the nursing home.

More information on Medicaid long-term care benefits.


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