Elder Law

Martha C. Brown, Esquire
Alicia Albus, Esquire

MO HealthNet Update – May, 2014

Monthly Income Limits Change
The monthly income limits for MO HealthNet (Non-Vendor) have increased from $814 to $827 for single persons and from $1,099 to $1,115 for couples. The income limit is $973 for blind participants.   

If a person’s income exceeds the limits, MO HealthNet participants must operate on a spend down for their medical expenses or pay the difference between their income and the limits to the state. This program is for aged and disabled adults who are permanently and totally disabled or 65 years of age or older.

Divisor Penalty Change
Per IM-#29, issued by the Family Support Division of the Department of Social Services on May 9, 2014, the average pay nursing care rate for the state has been increased $181 from $4,563 to $4,744 to be used for applications taken on or after January 1, 2014.

Utility Standard Increase
Effective January 1, 2014, the utility standard used to determine the allotment to the community spouse has been increased to $318. Examples given in the online manual have been updated to reflect this increase in utility standard.