Federal Partnership Program
Florida participates in the federal/state Long-Term Care Partnership Program authorized by the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA). Florida’s Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a partnership program between Medicaid and private long-term care insurers designed to encourage individuals to purchase private long-term care insurance. Long-Term Care Partnership policies must be tax-qualified (a portion of premiums paid may be claimed as a tax deduction) under federal law; provide policyholders with inflation protection; and most importantly, provide dollar-for-dollar asset protection in the event the policyholder needs to apply for long-term care Medicaid assistance. For every dollar that a partnership policy pays out in benefits, a dollar of assets can be protected from Medicaid spend-down requirements.
The intent of the plan is to encourage people to make better plans for their future long-term care needs. A plan must meet state and federal requirements to be considered a partnership plan.
For example, if your partnership policy pays $300,000 in benefits the state will disregard an equal amount in the spend-down requirement for Medicaid. This would allow you to qualify for Medicaid long-term care benefits while retaining more of your assets than what Medicaid would typically allow. The state will not attempt to recover any money from the estate equal to the amount of benefits protected under your partnership long-term care policy.
Most states have reciprocity with other states' long-term-care partnership programs including Florida. This means if you move from or to Florida your partnership asset protection follows you as well.
Long-Term Care Medicaid spend down is $2,000. A spouse’s minimum asset allowance is $128,640. Your spouse’s minimum monthly income allowance is $2,113.75. * The home equity limit is $595,000.
For more information about the Medicaid program visit www.medicaid.gov
Rate Stability Rules
In addition, Florida 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 Florida
A variety of products are approved in Florida for Long-Term Care planning. These include traditional plans including partnership certified policies and asset-based “hybrid” plans.
There are no current state tax incentives available as there is no state income tax; 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.