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Latest Medicaid Information for New Jersey for 2011

This post was written by Parag Patel, Attorney on February 9, 2011
Posted Under: Asset Protection Against Risks,Elder Law,Special Needs Planning

Protections for the Community Spouse:

Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA):
Minimum: $21,912
Maximum: $109,560

Increased CSRA:
Permitted. New Jersey follows the income-first rule.

Annuities:
Actuarially sound annuities are not permitted.

Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance:
Minimum: $1,821.25
Maximum: $2,739

Transfers:


Average monthly cost of nursing home care:
$6,655
Has a Long-Term Care Partnership program been implemented?
yes

Income:


Is New Jersey an “income cap” state?
Yes and no. The regular Medicaid program has an income cap. The more restrictive medically needy program is capped at the Medicaid reimbursement rate for the nursing home the individual is entering.

Estate Recovery
Has New Jersey expanded the definition of “estate” beyond the probate estate?
Yes

Has New Jersey included a hardship provision in its estate recovery plan?
Yes

Home Equity Limit
The New Jersey Medicaid program will not cover long-term care services for those with home equity above $750,000, with certain exceptions.

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