Medicaid Eligibility Changes – 2021

Elder Law Quick Facts

At the beginning of each year, there are changes in the eligibility requirements for Medicaid and benefit amounts for VA Aid and Attendance.  This is because these numbers change with each Social Security change, and Social Security changes go into effect on January 1st of each year.

1.3% increase in Social Security benefits

Social Security recipients have a 1.3% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) in their monthly benefits starting today. This means that the average retired Social Security beneficiary is expected to see a monthly increase of about $20 per month or $240 for the year.

Medicare premiums and co-pays have increased

For 2021, Medicare Part B premiums are going up by $3.90 and are now $148.50/month.

This means changes for Medicaid and VA Benefits

The COLA changes for Social Security impact Medicaid eligibility as well as VA benefit amounts. Here are the updated numbers for 2021:

2021 Georgia Nursing Home Medicaid Eligibility Limits

Limit Type Individual Couple
Income – Maximum per month $2,382
Assets – Maximum per applicant(s) $2,000 $3,000
Income – Maximum monthly maintenance allowance for a community spouse $3259.50
Assets – Maximum for applicant with a community spouse $130,380
Transfer penalty divisor (2020 -updated mid-year) $8,517

2021 Monthly VA Aid and Attendance Maximum Pension Rates

Single Veteran – $1,936

Married Veteran – $2,295

Widowed Spouse – $1,244

To learn more about how VA Benefits and Medicaid can work for your family, please contact our office at (404) 843-0121 or check out the Hurley Elder Care Law website.

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