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Governor Rell: New Law Safeguards Assets For Spouses of Long-Term Care Patients

July 13, 2010

CONTACT: Donna Tommelleo, 860-524-7313,
July 13, 2010

Governor M. Jodi Rell today held a ceremonial bill signing for legislation designed to help individuals get Medicaid for long-term care for their ill spouses without having to first draw down on major assets they need for living expenses.

Senate Bill 370, An Act Concerning Medicaid Long-Term Care Coverage for Married Couples, allows for the maximum amount of assets under federal law for the spouse of an ill patient so that he or she does not have to tap into major assets to qualify for Medicaid long-term care for their spouse.

“Nobody should have to spend down to a level that will leave them in dire straights to ensure their spouse gets the care they need. This is a passionate issue because it directly affects the people we love,” Governor Rell said. “This bill will help provide a financial safety net and, hopefully, peace of mind.”

The bill also requires the state Department of Social Services commissioner to not treat income from reverse mortgages as assets or income for the purpose of Medicaid eligibility. The legislation is effective upon passage.