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Medicaid Personal Needs Allowance, Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance Change

7-1-2018 - Two key criteria for Medicaid nursing home benefits changed effective July 1, 2018:

Monthly Personal Needs Allowance: Florida permits a nursing home resident receiving Medicaid benefits to retain a portion of his/her income for personal needs. The Personal Needs Allowance is $130 effective July 1, 2018 (up from $105). These funds can be used for personal expenses such as haircuts, magazines, or whatever the resident desires. 

Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: An applicant's eligibility for Florida Medicaid long-term nursing care benefits is unaffected by the amount of income his/her spouse receives. However, if the "community" (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, 2018, the Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance is $2,058 (up from $2,030).

For more information on qualifying for Medicaid benefits for nursing home care, click here.


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