This article is a section taken from MA for People Who Are Age 65 or Older or People Who Are Blind or Have a Disability (MA-ABD), a part of the revisions and additions to the Minnesota Health Care Program Eligibility Policy Manual.

Sponsor Asset Deeming

Sponsor deeming rules apply to noncitizens who are sponsored by an individual or individuals and have a signed Affidavit of Support (USCIS 1-1864), unless the applicant meets an exception to sponsor deeming.

Assets of a sponsor and the sponsor’s spouse are deemed to each noncitizen covered by the affidavit regardless of whether the sponsor actually contributes to the noncitizen’s household needs. Assets are deemed even if the sponsor or the sponsor’s spouse are receiving public assistance in Minnesota or another state.

If the sponsor is a member of the household:

  • The sponsor and the sponsor’s family members are counted in the applicant’s household composition. See Medical Assistance for People Who Are Age 65 or Older and People Who Are Blind or Have a Disability (MA-ABD) Household Composition policy for more information.
  • Applicable asset exclusions are applied to the sponsor’s assets.

If the sponsor is not a member of the household, the following rules apply:

  • The sponsor or the sponsor’s family members are not counted in the noncitizen’s household composition.
  • The sponsor or the sponsor’s spouse’s assets are not considered unavailable or excluded.

Legal Citations

Code of Federal Regulations, title 42, section 435.602
Minnesota Statutes, section 256B.06, subdivision 5
Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, title IV, Public Law 104–193, section 421 and 422

CREDIT: The content of this post has been copied or adopted from the Minnesota Healthcare Programs Eligibility Policy Manual, originally published by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

This is also part of a series of posts on Minnesota Healthcare Eligibility Policies.