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Post Medicaid Eligibility
BLOG for March 9, 2016
The Story: Harold and Mary are married. Harold is in a nursing home and he is receiving Medicaid benefits. Mary’s sister dies and leaves Mary a $50,000 Certificate of Deposit.
Question: Will Mary’s inheritance from her sister affect Harold’s Medicaid benefits?
Answer: No, because once Medicaid eligibility is established, no resources of the community spouse are considered available to the institutionalized spouse. However, the heritance will affect the allocation of Harold’s income to Mary, if any. See PPM Section 26188.8.131.52; 42 U.S.C Section 1396r-5(f)(1).