Can my spouse or dependent children in the community have my assets and income?
Yes, it may be possible to protect at least one half of marital assets for the community spouse. The community spouse or representative should request a resource assessment at the time of admission so assets are not over spent. If income is below the community spouse standard, or there are high housing expenses, the nursing home resident's income may be transferred to the spouse and any dependent children living in the community.

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1. Do I have to be appointed the legal guardian or have power of attorney to apply on the patients behalf?
2. Do I have to pay all my income to the nursing facility in I stay an entire month?
3. If I am discharged to my home, must I pay my income to the nursing home?
4. If I die while I am a resident of a nursing facility, can my personal allowance funds held by the nursing home go to a designated person?
5. If I must spend down some of my assets to quality, can I pre-plan my burial?
6. Can my spouse or dependent children in the community have my assets and income?
7. If I am a community spouse, must I spend the excess assets solely on nursing home costs?
8. Does the Medicaid program recognize common law marriages?
9. What happens to my home if I go into a nursing home?
10. If I have provided care for the nursing home patient, can the home be transferred to me?
11. If there an alternative to nursing facility placement?
12. Will I be eligible for any assistance after I am discharge from the nursing home?
13. What can I do if I disagree with a decision made regarding my application?