The state of Michigan has issued for comment a proposed change to BEM 402. The change deals with married couples, specifically the transfer of joint marital assets to the community spouse during the presumed asset eligibility period. Under the current Medicaid policy, upon Redetermination, which occurs one year from the date of the original application, the applicant just has to show that the spouse in the nursing home has less than $2,000.00 in their name.
Under the proposed change, the caseworker upon Redetermination will now be able to verify that all assets are still owned by the community spouse, and that no divestments have occurred.
The Medicaid policy is ever changing in Michigan. It is important that if you have a loved one in need of long term skill care that you meet with an experienced Michigan Elder Law attorney, such as the attorneys at Barsch & Joswick, PLLC. Call today for a free consultation.