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FAQ: California Eligibility for HCBS Coverage Under Medi-Cal’s Spousal Impoverishment Protections

January 21, 2024

Federal law requires states to establish protections for a couple’s income and assets, when one spouse needs nursing facility care or the equivalent level of care provided through Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). As set forth in a 2020 court order, California had not extended these protections adequately to HCBS.
California has changed policies in response to the court order.

A new Justice in Aging FAQ explains who qualifies for Medi-Cal under the Spousal Impoverishment Protections and how eligibility is calculated. Eligibility may be potentially retroactive back to 2014, depending on circumstances.

Read the FAQ.

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