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2020 Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Rates Released

At the start of a new year and a new decade it’s a good idea to ruminate on the recently released Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Rates for 2020. If you work in elder law or as a Medicaid advisor you will need to familiarize yourself with these newly amended figures to better advise your clients. 

What are Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Rates?

These rates generally apply to elderly or retired couples. When one spouse needs nursing care this can seriously diminish the couple’s lifetime savings. In 1988, Congress enacted plans to prevent the spouse that is still living in the community from experiencing what is known as "spousal impoverishment" where most or all of their income and resources are subsumed by the cost of their partner’s care.


2020 Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Rates

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Spousal Impoverishment Standards for 2020 in late December and the rates differ somewhat from earlier predictions by legal experts who based their annual estimates on the consumer price index for urban consumers at the start of the fall season. 

You can click this link to download a pdf of CMS’s complete chart of the 2020 SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards. For reference and comparison, last year’s standards can be viewed here

The official spousal impoverishment allowances for 2020 are as follows. All are effective as of 1/1/2020 and apply to all states except Alaska and Hawaii.

Resource allowances

Minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $25,728 

Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $128,640

Maintenance Allowances

Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $3,216

Minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance for all states except Alaska and Hawaii stays at $2,113.75 while the allowance for Alaska will stay at $2,641.25 Hawaii will remain at $2,432.5 until July 1, 2020.

Home Equity Limits

These have increased slightly since last year; 

Minimum: $595,000

Maximum: $893,000

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