Provision for Married Recipients of Home and Community-Based Services

Carl J. Pucci in Finance & Reimbursement

CMS has issued an informational bulletin advising states about the temporary extension of spousal impoverishment rules for certain married Medicaid applicants and beneficiaries receiving HCBS. Through March 31, states are required to continue with the more favorable Medicaid financial eligibility. If Congress does not act again before the end of March, the law will revert back to giving states the option whether to apply the spousal impoverishment provisions to these specified HCBS beneficiaries. See the CMS bulletin

Of note, the same law that extended this provision also provides FY2019 funding for Money Follows the Person to those states that already have approved MFP demonstration projects. 

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Lilly Hummel, JD/MPA
Senior Director, Policy & Program Integrity
American Health Care Association/
National Center for Assisted Living
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