The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has informed the Department that due to an increase in the consumer price index, the federal maximum community spouse resource allowance (CSRA) increases to $99,540 effective January 1, 2006. The State’s minimum CSRA will remain unchanged at $74,820. Therefore, in determining the community spouse resource allowance on and after January 1, 2006, the community spouse is permitted to retain resources in an amount equal to the greater of the following amounts:
1. $74,820 (the State minimum community spouse resource allowance); or
2. the amount of the spousal share up to $99,540 (the new federal maximum).
In addition, effective January 1, 2006, the community spouse minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance (MMMNA) increases to $2,489 ($2,488.50 rounded up). The increased MMMNA, family member allowance, federal maximum CSRA, and State minimum CSRA must be used when completing an assessment of a couple’s resources and income.
NOTE: For home care, the monthly Medicaid income level for one-person ($692) and two-person ($900) household will also take effect on January 1, 2006.
Any increases in the MMMNA and family member allowance and/or changes in the NAMI of the institutionalized spouse are to be made effective January 1, 2006.