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Increase in Irrevocable Prepaid Funeral Contract Limit

December 1, 2016

We all know how expensive a funeral is in Connecticut. For clients on Medicaid, purchasing an irrevocable prepaid funeral contract is and has been a staple spend-down method for Medicaid eligibility. However, keeping the cost within the $5,400 Medicaid limit, as set forth in C.G.S. 42-207, has been difficult. The $5,400 limit on irrevocable prepaid funeral contracts has been increased. Public Act 16-20, An Act Concerning Irrevocable Funeral Service Contracts, which was enacted on May 1, 2016, and effective July 1, 2016, repealed C.G.S. 42-207, amending it to increase the $5,400 limit to $8,000. Burial plot contracts remain without any dollar amount limits as set forth under C.G.S. 17b-91(b).