Qualifying for Medicaid

The definition of ‘poor’ has become quite complex in the area of nursing home coverage. In order to be eligible for Medicaid benefits, a nursing home resident may have no more than $2,000 (in most states) in ‘countable’ assets. The spouse of the nursing home resident – called the ‘community spouse’ – is limited to one half of the couple’s joint assets up to $128,640 (in 2020) in countable assets.