This article is a section taken from MA for Long-Term Care Services (MA-LTC) a part of the revisions and additions to the Minnesota Health Care Program Eligibility Policy Manual.

Financial Eligibility

This subchapter provides financial eligibility policy information that applies to Medical Assistance for Long-Term Care Services (MA-LTC).


Married people with an MA for People Who Are Age 65 or Older and People Who Are Blind or Have a Disability (MA-ABD) basis of eligibility who are requesting MA-LTC may be required to complete an asset assessment to determine if any of their spouse’s assets affect their asset limit.

People who have used benefits from a qualifying LTC Partnership (LTCP) insurance policy may have assets that do not count toward their asset limit and may be protected from estate recovery.

People who meet the eligibility requirements for MA-LTC may be obligated to contribute income toward the cost of the LTC services they receive. The amount of income that a person must contribute to the cost of LTC services is based on an LTC income calculation or a community income calculation. These calculations determine the amount of a person’s LTC spenddown, medical spenddown, or waiver obligation depend on whether they are receiving services through a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver or live in a long-term care facility (LTCF).

Topics covered in this subchapter are:

MA-LTC Asset Assessments

MA-LTC LTC Partnership Insurance


MA-LTC Long Term Care Facility Services

MA-LTC Income Calculations for Long-Term Care Services

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.