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HF 2241

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 02/25/2014 01:45pm

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A bill for an act
relating to human services; modifying medical assistance asset availability
requirements; amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.059, subdivision
5.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 256B.059, subdivision 5, is amended to
read:


Subd. 5.

Asset availability.

(a) At the time of initial determination of eligibility for
medical assistance benefits following the first continuous period of institutionalization on
or after October 1, 1989, assets considered available to the institutionalized spouse shall
be the total value of all assets in which either spouse has an ownership interest, reduced by
the following amount for the community spouse:

(1) prior to July 1, 1994, the greater of:

(i) $14,148;

(ii) the lesser of the spousal share or $70,740; or

(iii) the amount required by court order to be paid to the community spouse;

(2) for persons whose date of initial determination of eligibility for medical
assistance following their first continuous period of institutionalization occurs on or after
July 1, 1994, the greater of:

(i) $20,000;

(ii) the lesser of the spousal share or $70,740; or

(iii) the amount required by court order to be paid to the community spouse.

The value of assets transferred for the sole benefit of the community spouse under section
256B.0595, subdivision 4, in combination with other assets available to the community
spouse under this section, cannot exceed the limit for the community spouse asset
allowance determined under subdivision 3 or 4. Assets that exceed this allowance shall be
considered available to the institutionalized spouse whether or not converted to income.
If
the community spouse asset allowance has been increased under subdivision 4, then the
assets considered available to the institutionalized spouse under this subdivision shall be
further reduced by the value of additional amounts allowed under subdivision 4.

(b) An institutionalized spouse may be found eligible for medical assistance even
though assets in excess of the allowable amount are found to be available under paragraph
(a) if the assets are owned jointly or individually by the community spouse, and the
institutionalized spouse cannot use those assets to pay for the cost of care without the
consent of the community spouse, and if: (i) the institutionalized spouse assigns to the
commissioner the right to support from the community spouse under section 256B.14,
subdivision 3
; (ii) the institutionalized spouse lacks the ability to execute an assignment
due to a physical or mental impairment; or (iii) the denial of eligibility would cause an
imminent threat to the institutionalized spouse's health and well-being.

(c) After the month in which the institutionalized spouse is determined eligible for
medical assistance, during the continuous period of institutionalization, no assets of the
community spouse are considered available to the institutionalized spouse, unless the
institutionalized spouse has been found eligible under paragraph (b).

(d) Assets determined to be available to the institutionalized spouse under this
section must be used for the health care or personal needs of the institutionalized spouse.

(e) For purposes of this section, assets do not include assets excluded under the
supplemental security income program.

EFFECTIVE DATE.

This section is effective the day following final enactment
and applies to applications for medical assistance initiated or pending on or after that date.

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