Federal Partnership Program
The State of Arizona participates in the federal/state partnership program. This program provides additional asset protection. In the event that you exhaust your benefits from a qualified Arizona 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.
For example, your policy pays out $425,000 in benefits but you are still alive and require care. You earn a Medicaid asset disregard that allows you to shelter that same amount over the asset level you would otherwise be forced to meet in order to be eligible for Medicaid’s 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 Arizona. This means if you move from or to Arizona your partnership asset protection follows you as well.
Long-Term Care Medicaid spend down is $2,000. A spouse’s minimum asset allowance is $25,284. Your spouse’s minimum monthly income allowance is $2,057.50. *
For more information about the Medicaid program visit www.medicaid.gov
Rate Stability Rules
In addition, Arizona 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.
Products Approved in Arizona
A variety of affordable products are approved in Arizona for Long-Term Care Insurance planning. These options include tradition policies, including partnership certified policies, limited-duration plans, and asset-based “hybrid” policies.
No state tax incentives exist for Arizona residents at this time. Federal tax incentives do 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.