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Spousal Waiver - Massachusetts

Senate bill 564 would require the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance to apply for a spousal waiver by requesting an amendment to an existing 1915 (c) home and community-based waiver for physically disabled adults who meet criteria for nursing level care. Concurrently, the Chapter is pursuing a pilot program to waive the income for married people with MS who are severely disabled.

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S564/An act relative to spousal waiver for home and community–based services for physically disabled adults age 60 and under – This bill would require the Massachusetts Division of Medical Assistance to apply for a spousal waiver by requesting an amendment to an existing 1915 (c) home and community-based waiver for physically disabled adults who meet criteria for nursing level care.

Background

The spousal waiver is for severely disabled, married individuals whose working spouse’s income disqualifies them for eligibility for Mass Health (Medicaid) benefits. Through Mass Health people with disabilities can access personal care attendants allowing them to remain at home. By “waiving” the spouse’s income, the disabled spouse becomes eligible for the Medicaid program.

Current Status: This bill was referred to the Joint Committee on Health Care Financing. The chapter is gathering data to pursue a potential pilot program for a spousal waiver.

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The chapter is collecting stories to understand how this issue impacts people with MS. If you are severely disabled and ineligible for Medicaid due to spousal income, please email michelle.dickson@nmss.org or call her at 781-693-5146.

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