An institutionalized spouse, institutionalized before October 1, 1989, for a continuous period, who applies for medical assistance on or after July 1, 1983, may transfer liquid assets to a noninstitutionalized spouse if all of the following conditions apply:
(a) The noninstitutionalized spouse is not applying for or receiving assistance;
(b) Either (1) the noninstitutionalized spouse has less than $10,000 in liquid assets, including assets singly owned and 50 percent of assets owned jointly with the institutionalized spouse; or (2) the noninstitutionalized spouse has less than 50 percent of the total value of nonexempt assets owned by both parties, jointly or individually;
(c) The amount transferred, together with the noninstitutionalized spouse's own assets, totals no more than one-half of the total value of the liquid assets of the parties or $10,000 in liquid assets, whichever is greater; and
(d) The transfer may be effected only once, at the time of initial medical assistance application.