Federal Partnership Program
Alabama participates in the federal/state partnership program. This program provides additional asset protection. In the event that you exhaust your benefits from a qualified Alabama Partnership Long-Term Care policy, the state will provide you dollar-for-dollar asset protection. This would allow you to qualify for Medicaid long-term care benefits while retaining more of your assets than what Medicaid would typically allow.
This means even a small qualified long-term care insurance policy can have powerful asset protection. For example, if the policy paid $150,000 in benefits that same amount will be “disregarded” from the spend-down requirements. For many, this can protect a large part of their estate. This means you would be allowed to keep the amount your policy paid in benefits in addition to the Medicaid allowable amount and still qualify for the Medicaid Long-Term Care benefit. The Partnership Program also protects those assets after death from Medicaid estate recovery.
Most states have reciprocity with other states' long-term-care partnership programs including Alabama. This means if you move from or to Alabama your partnership asset protection follows you as well.
Long-Term Care Medicaid spend down is $2,000. A spouse’s minimum asset allowance is a minimum of $27,000 up to a maximum of one-half of countable assets up to $128,640. Your spouse’s minimum monthly income allowance is $2,349. * The home equity limit is $595,000.
For more information about the Medicaid program visit www.medicaid.gov
Products Approved in Alabama
A variety of affordable products are approved in Alabama for Long-Term Care Insurance planning including traditional partnership certified plans, limited-duration plans, and asset-based or “hybrid” plans.
Rate Stability Rules
In addition, Alabama consumers enjoy additional peace-of-mind as the state has adopted Long-Term Care Insurance Rate Stability Rules. These rules, developed the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, makes it much harder for an insurance company to get an approved rate increase.
A state tax deduction is available for Alabama residents. Premiums paid for a Long-Term Care Insurance policy can be deducted pursuant to Section 40-18-15 of the state tax code. There are several requirements which most Long-Term Care insurance policies meet. Federal tax incentives also may apply.
*The federal government sets a new minimum and maximum amounts each year, but states can set their own minimum requirements at any level between the federal limits. This information is based on the best available sources