Home Value Issues
Medicaid rules involving a primary residence are complex with some rules involving initial eligibility with others relating to Medicaid lien provisions. In many cases, the primary residence is an exempt asset not counted as part of the $2,500 (applicant) and $109,560 (community spouse – maximum) threshold. However, in many cases it is counted. One of the relatively new changes enacted by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 and adopted by Maryland in 2007 was an equity threshold test. A home with an equity value equal to or exceeding $500,000 is a fully countable asset. Not a good answer. The good news is that there are still methods to protect the house.