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Dec
10

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

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