Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Webinar

On Wednesday, June 27, 2012, from 11:00 a.m. to noon Pacific time, the Williams Institute is hosting a webinar on Medicaid spousal impoverishment and same-sex couples.

Medicaid pays most people’s nursing home bills, but one has to have nearly no assets to qualify.  For couples, that used to mean BOTH people had to become “impoverished.”  Congress fixed this problem many years ago for heterosexually married couples, allowing the well spouse to keep their home and some income while still paying for the care the nursing home resident used.  The Obama Administration recently sent all states an advisory memo saying states are empowered to also protect same-sex couples, but states have to implement this choice.  The Williams Institute webinar “is designed to provide policy guidance to state policymakers and advocates interested in implementing these protections in their respective states.”  Scheduled speakers include:

  • Michael Adams, Executive Director of SAGE
  • Christy Mallory, Reid Rasmussen Fellow of Law & Policy, the Williams Institute
  • Jennifer C. Pizer, Legal Director and Arnold D. Kassoy Senior Scholar of Law, the Williams Institute
  • Sherrill Wayland, Executive Director, SAGE Metro St. Louis

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