OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING A COMMUNITY SPOUSE'S ALLOWABLE ASSETS.
This bill requires the social services commissioner to amend the Medicaid state plan to require that the spouse of someone in an institution (i. e. , nursing home) who remains in the community be allowed to receive the maximum amount of assets allowed by federal law ($ 115,920 in 2013). Currently, the spouse can keep half of the couple's combined assets, up to that maximum.
The commissioner must adopt regulations to implement this change.
EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage
Community Spouse Protected Amount
Federal Medicaid law allows the spouse of someone living in a long-term care institution to keep some of the couple's assets to ensure the spouse living in the community does not become impoverished. The amount retained by the non-institutionalized spouse is referred to as the community spouse protected amount (CSPA). The maximum and minimum CSPAs are set by federal law and the state must update them yearly.