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Jan 01

What your state lets you keep, effective 1/1/2017

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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 $2,002
Alaska* $2,000 $120,900 $75 $3022.50
Arizona* $2,000 $24,180 $93.45 $2,002
Arkansas* $2,000 $24,180 $40 $2,002
California $2,000 $120,900 $35 $3022.50
Colorado* $2,000 $120,900 $50 $2,002
Connecticut $1,600 $120,900 $69 $2,002
Delaware* $2,000 $25,000 $50 $2,002
District of Columbia $2,600 $120,900 $70 $3022.50
Florida* $2,000 $120,900 $35 $2,002
Georgia* $2,000 $120,900 $30 $3022.50
Hawaii $2,000 $120,900 $30 $3022.50
Idaho* $2,000 $24,180 $40 $2,002
Illinois $2,000 $120,900 $30 $3022.50
Indiana $1,500 $24,180 $52 $2,002
Iowa* $2,000 $24,000 $50 $3022.50
Kansas $2,000 $24,180 $50 $2,002
Kentucky $2,000 $22,000 $40 $2,002
Louisiana $2,000 $120,900 $38 $3022.50
Maine $2,000 $120,900 $40 $2,002
Maryland $2,500 $24,180 $74 $2,002
Massachusetts $2,000 $24,180 $72.80 $2,002
Michigan $2,000 $24,180 $60 $2,002
Minnesota $3,000 $31,094 $89 $2,002
Mississippi* $2,000 $120,900 $44 $3022.50
Missouri $1,000 $24,180 $30 $2,002
Montana $2,000 $24,180 $50 $2,002
Nebraska $4,000 $24,180 $50 $3022.50
Nevada* $2,000 $24,180 $35 $2,002
New Hampshire $2,500 $24,180 $56 $2,002
New Jersey $2,000 $24,180 $35 $2,002
New Mexico* $2,000 $31,290 $58 $2,002
New York $4,150 $74,820 $50 $3022.50
North Carolina $2,000 $24,180 $30 $2,002
North Dakota $3,000 $120,900 $60 $2,267
Ohio $1,500 $24,180 $40 $2,002
Oklahoma* $2,000 $25,000 $50 $2,939
Oregon* $2,000 $24,180 $30 $2,002
Pennsylvania $2,400 $24,180 $45 $2,002
Rhode Island $4,000 $24,180 $50 $2,002
South Carolina* $2,000 $66,480 $30 $3022.50
South Dakota* $2,000 $24,180 $60 $2,002
Tennessee* $2,000 $24,180 $40 $2,002
Texas* $2,000 $24,180 $60 $3022.50
Utah $2,000 $24,180 $45 $2,002
Vermont $2,000 $120,900 $47.66 $2,002
Virginia $2,000 $24,180 $30 $2,002
Washington $2,000 $48,639 $57.28 $2,002
West Virginia $2,000 $24,180 $50 $2,002
Wisconsin $2,000 $50,000 $65 $2,333.33
Wyoming* $2,000 $120,900 $50 $3022.50

* These are “income cap” states. If your income is higher than $2,205 a month, you cannot qualify for Medicaid even after spending down all assets, unless you set up a Miller trust.

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