Manual: Aged, Blind, and Disabled Medicaid
Change No: 10-09
To: County Directors of Social Services
Make the following change(s)
The minimum community spousal income allowance, the shelter standard, and the allowance for dependent children are based on the federal poverty level and are adjusted effective July 1 of each year.
MA-2270, Long term Care Need and Budgeting, has been revised to adjust the amounts for calculating community spouse income allowance and the dependent family member allowance based on the increase in the federal poverty level.
There is no change in the maximum community spouse income allowance. It increased to $2,739 effective January 1, 2009.
We have revised the Medicaid Eligibility Chart and Financial Eligibility Fact Sheet to reflect the new changes. The Chart and Fact Sheet are intended to be used as aids and do not constitute policy.
These changes are effective July 1, 2009.
Apply the new amounts in determining spousal income allowances and dependent family member allowances effective on or after July 1, 2009. For the months prior to July 1, 2009, use the old amounts.
Apply the new amounts in re-determining spousal income allowances and dependent family member allowances at the first re-determination/review or change in situation effective July 1, 2009 or later.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact your Medicaid Program Representative. For any issues that are not able to be handled through that venue, Angela Floyd, Assistant Director for Recipient and Provider Services, will be your point of contact and can be reached at (919) 855-4000.
Craigan L. Gray, MD, MBA, JD,
(This material was researched and written by William Appel, Policy Consultant, Medicaid Eligibility Unit)
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.