Can Medicaid Applicant Transfer Life Insurance Policy to Spouse?

 In Long-Term Care Planning

Question:

Can someone applying for Medicaid transfer a $50,000 fave value universal life policy with a cash value of $1,906 to a spouse under the spousal impoverishment rules?life-insurance-policy-Medicaid-asset-limit-elder-law-Wellesley-MA-02481

Response:

Yes. There are no penalties for transfers between spouses. They’re all permitted. The cash value will just be part of the spouse’s asset limit, which is explained here. While nursing home residents are limited to $2,155 in countable assets, their spouses can keep up to $130,000 (lower in some states). The policy value would just be part of the healthy spouse’s $130,000 asset limit.

 

 

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