This Fact Sheet (updated for 2022 in Jan. 2022) is intended for New Yorkers who are age 65+ or who have disabilities, or their family members and caregivers. It explains the basic financial rules on eligibility for Medicaid in the community for this category of people, and explains how to apply for Medicaid if you are seeking home care.
Community Medicaid includes all hospital and doctors' care, and the various home care programs. The rules for eligibility for Medicaid to pay for nursing home care are different, such as the rules on transfer of assets. These are explained very briefly here but more extensively in these articles.
The reason this Fact Sheet is only for people who are Disabled, Aged 65+ and Blind ("DAB")(a/k/a "SSI-related) is that the rules are very different for people under age 65 who are not disabled.
HEADS UP - If Governor Hochul's January 2022 Budget Proposal is adopted, big changes will come in 2023. The Income limits in this fact sheet will go up to the same limits used for younger people. And the asset test will be eliminated. But for 2022 the old rules remain. Stay tuned for updates here.
Meanwhile the current rules in 2022:
This article was authored by the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program of New York Legal Assistance Group.