2010 Update

January 22, 2010

With consumer prices down over the past year, Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will not increase in 2010. With no increase to the SSI benefit levels, the medically needy income and resource levels will not increase effective January 1, 2010, and will remain the same as in 2009. As a result, the Mass Rebudgeting that is normally performed in November for January 1, 2010 budget changes will not occur. There will also be no increase in the spousal impoverishment standards for 2010.

The Medicaid Eligibility Resource Allowance level remains the same at $13,800 for a single person and $20,100 for a couple. The maximum Federal Community Spouse Resource Allowance remains $109,560 and the minimum State Community Spouse Resource Allowance remains $74,820. Medicare Part A co-insurance is now $137.50 per day for days 21 – 100.

In order to calculate the Medicaid Transfer Penalty for Suffolk County, we take the value of the transfer and divide it by the new figure of $11,227 to calculate the number of months of the penalty.

Help us make a difference!
Make a difference in the lives of critically ill children by joining the Walk/Run for Friends of Karen at the Long Island Marathon taking place with a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 1 and 10K, Half and Full Marathons on Sunday, May 2 at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow. New runners and walkers welcome to join the Friends of Karen team, volunteers are needed at the event. For a brochure and donor and sponsor opportunities, please contact Patricia Conway at Friends of Karen at 631-473-1768, ext. 303 or email her at patriciaconway@friendsofkaren.org