What is Medicaid Spend Down?
To be eligible for Medicaid long-term care (at home or in a nursing home), an applicant must have income and assets valued at less than a certain threshold. If the applicant’s income or countable assets exceed the threshold in their state, it is possible to become eligible by reducing one’s income or assets to the point where they will become eligible. This is known as Medicaid Spend Down.
However, there are many rules about how one can legally spend down their financial resources, such as rules against gifting. If these rules are violated, the applicant will be denied Medicaid.
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