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Dec
10

What your state lets you keep, effective 7/1/2014

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The table below gives the minimum assets and income each state allows nursing-home residents and their spouses to keep. The federal government sets new minimum and maximum amounts each year, but states can set their own minimum requirements at any level between the federal limits.

State Your asset allowance Your spouse’s minimum asset allowance Your personal monthly needs allowance Your spouse’s minimum monthly income allowance
Alabama* $2,000 $25,000 $30 $1,967
Alaska* $2,000 $117,240 $75 $2,931
Arizona* $2,000 $23,184 $93.45 $1,967
Arkansas* $2,000 $23,184 $40 $1,967
California $2,000 $117,240 $35 $2,931
Colorado* $2,000 $117,240 $50 $1,967
Connecticut $1,600 $117,240 $69 $1,967
Delaware* $2,000 $25,000 $50 $1,967
District of Columbia $2,600 $117,240 $70 $2,931
Florida* $2,000 $117,240 $35 $1,967
Georgia* $2,000 $117,240 $30 $2,931
Hawaii $2,000 $117,240 $30 $2,931
Idaho* $2,000 $23,184 $40 $1,967
Illinois $2,000 $117,240 $30 $2,931
Indiana $1,500 $23,184 $52 $1,967
Iowa* $2,000 $24,000 $50 $2,931
Kansas $2,000 $23,184 $50 $1,967
Kentucky $2,000 $22,000 $40 $1,967
Louisiana $2,000 $117,240 $38 $2,931
Maine $2,000 $117,240 $40 $1,967
Maryland $2,500 $23,184 $74 $1,967
Massachusetts $2,000 $23,184 $72.80 $1,967
Michigan $2,000 $23,184 $60 $1,967
Minnesota $3,000 $31,094 $89 $1,967
Mississippi* $2,000 $117,240 $44 $2,931
Missouri $1,000 $23,184 $30 $1,967
Montana $2,000 $23,184 $50 $1,967
Nebraska $4,000 $23,184 $50 $2,931
Nevada* $2,000 $23,184 $35 $1,967
New Hampshire $2,500 $23,184 $56 $1,967
New Jersey $2,000 $23,184 $35 $1,967
New Mexico* $2,000 $31,290 $58 $1,967
New York $4,150 $74,820 $50 $2,931
North Carolina $2,000 $23,184 $30 $1,967
North Dakota $3,000 $117,240 $60 $2,267
Ohio $1,500 $23,184 $40 $1,967
Oklahoma* $2,000 $25,000 $50 $2,939
Oregon* $2,000 $23,184 $30 $1,967
Pennsylvania $2,400 $23,184 $45 $1,967
Rhode Island $4,000 $23,184 $50 $1,967
South Carolina* $2,000 $66,480 $30 $2,931
South Dakota* $2,000 $23,184 $60 $1,967
Tennessee* $2,000 $23,184 $40 $1,967
Texas* $2,000 $23,184 $60 $2,931
Utah $2,000 $23,184 $45 $1,967
Vermont $2,000 $117,240 $47.66 $1,967
Virginia $2,000 $23,184 $30 $1,967
Washington $2,000 $48,639 $57.28 $1,967
West Virginia $2,000 $23,184 $50 $1,967
Wisconsin $2,000 $50,000 $65 $2,333.33
Wyoming* $2,000 $117,240 $50 $2,931

* These are “income cap” states. If your income is higher than $2,163 a month, you cannot qualify for Medicaid even after spending down all assets, unless you set up a Miller trust.