The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have just released their guidelines regarding the “community spouse” for 2020. A “community Spouse” is the spouse of a Medicaid recipient who is living in a nursing home. There is an allowance threshold that applies to the community spouse, known as the CSRA or community spouse resource allowance so as not to jeopardize the ailing spouses’ Medicaid eligibility.
How much is this threshold, and what role does the MMMNA or “Maximum Monthly Maintenace Needs Allowance” play in all this?
How much is the community spouse financially protected by CMS?