What is a community spouse (CS) and an institutionalized spouse (IS)?
In the case of a married couple, the institutionalized spouse is the spouse residing in the medical institution. The community spouse is the spouse residing in the community, or assisted living facility, who is not entering the nursing home.Will the community spouse (CS) be able to retain any of the institutionalized spouse’s (IS) income when the IS goes into the nursing homeYes, the CS is entitled to a minimum monthly income amount. This in known as the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance (MMMNA), and the CS’ individual income can be supplemented by the IS’ income to achieve the amount of the MMMNA.
- A prenuptial agreement saying that the healthy spouse does not have to pay for the nursing home care of her institutionalized spouse is not enforceable when an application for Medicaid is made. Question 6: How much income can I make and qualify for Medicaid?
- Does the Department of Public Welfare require that the institutionalized spouse claim the elective share?
- Can the community spouse receive income from the institutionalized spouse?