- In order to qualify for Florida long term Medicaid, the individual needing care must satisfy three main test for eligibility. The first is the medical-necessity test - the Medicaid applicant must actually need the care. A doctor must certify that the Florida Medicaid applicant requires assistance with their activities of daily living.
- The second test the individual needing nursing home or Medicaid care must pass is the income test. The income of the individual needing care must be below a level determined by the state. As of January 1, 2020, the maximum income an individual can have is $2,349.
- The third tests an individual must pass in order to be considered eligible for long-term care or Medicaid in Florida is the Medicaid Asset Limit Test. Both the income and asset tests must be past to be eligible to receive Medicaid or nursing home benefits.
The second and third tests one must pass in order to be considered eligible for long-term care Medicaid in Florida – and the subject of this article – are the Medicaid Asset Limits Test and Medicaid Income Limits Test. Both the asset and income tests must be met in order for one to become eligible to receive home health care, ALF or nursing home benefits. If you, or your loved one, do not currently pass the income test or asset test for Medicaid eligibility - an elder care lawyer who focuses on medicaid planning can be of great assistance.
In Florida, Medicaid eligibility depends on the amount of income that are available to the individual requiring services. The maximum income that an individual can have is $2349 / month. The income of their spouse is not counted. If an individual in need of Medicaid has income in excess of the $2349 we can prepare a Miller Trust or Qualified Income Trust to allow the individual to qualify.
The income trust works by taking the exce3ss gross income and depositing the excess into the account prior to applying for Medicaid and during each month.
To evaluate income we must look at all sources of joint income and those available to the individual including
- Social security ( gross amount)
- Retirement plans
- Interest from checking, savings, CD's, bonds, insurance annuities.
- Pensions from deceased spouse
- rental income
- dividends from companies
If you have questions about Medicaid or would like more information about Medicaid in Jacksonville or other areas of Florida, CONTACT our Florida Elder Law Lawyers by email or call us at 904-685-1200 to discuss your situation today. For Medicaid related issues we offer a free 30 minute initial consultation and additional time is billed at hour standard hourly rates.
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