By Mark D. Munson, Aric D. Burch and Jessica A. Merkel
June 1, 2021
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services recently announced the “minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance” (“MMMNA”) will be increased from $2,873.34 to $2,903.34 starting on July 1, 2021. As part of laws designed to prevent spousal impoverishment due to the high cost of long-term care, the “community spouse” (who is the spouse of an individual receiving long-term care Medicaid benefits and who is still living in the “community”) is allowed to receive some or all of the Medicaid spouse’s monthly income in order to reach the MMMNA amount if the community spouse’s monthly income is not at that level. If the community spouse’s monthly income is greater than the MMMNA amount, then the community spouse will not be allowed to receive any of the Medicaid spouse’s monthly income.
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