NJ Wins Medicaid Spousal Benefits Dispute

Law360, New York (January 23, 2014, 7:10 PM EST) -- A family court order couldn't control a New Jersey agency's decision on the appropriate allowance for a Medicaid recipient's wife, a state appeals court ruled Thursday in a case that pitted the conservation of Medicaid funds against the ability of beneficiaries to shelter income for spouses.

An institutionalized man identified as R.S. challenged how the state Division of Medical Assistance and Health Services calculated a “community spouse monthly income allowance” for his wife in determining the income that he could contribute toward his nursing home care....
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