New Spousal Impoverishment Standards for SSI-Related Programs

  • June 26, 2020
  • Elder Law Associates

florida department of children and families

The Florida Department of Children and Families recently announced new Spousal Impoverishment Standards for SSI-related programs, effective July 1, 2020. Please see the announcement below or download the pdf here.

State of Florida
Department of Children and Families

DATE: June 19, 2020 TRANSMITTAL NO.: P-20-06-0006
TO: Economic Self-Sufficiency Operations Managers
Economic Self-Sufficiency Program Offices
FROM: Tonyaleah Veltkamp, Chief, Program Policy
Casey Penn, Director, Innovation, Project Management & Data
(Signatures on File)
SUBJECT: Spousal Impoverishment Standards (SSI-Related Programs)
EFFECTIVE: July 1, 2020

This transmittal provides the Spousal Impoverishment Standards used to compute income allowances for community spouses of institutionalized individuals under the Institutional Care Program (ICP) and Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver. The standards apply to the following coverage groups, HCBS-iBudget, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) and the Statewide Medicaid Managed Care, Long-Term Care Waiver (SMMC-LTC).

Staff must use the 2020 standards to compute all community spouse allowances in budgets effective July 2020 and ongoing. Community spouse allowances for months prior to July 2020 must be calculated using the standards effective July 2019 through June 2020.

Spousal Impoverishment Standards
Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance (MMMNA)
July 1, 2019 – $2,114; July 1, 2020 – $2,155

Excess Shelter Standard
July 1, 2019 – $634; July 1, 2020 – $647

The maximum monthly community spouse income allowance is $3,216 and remains the same through December 31, 2020. The new amount for the maximum monthly community spouse income allowance is tentatively scheduled to change effective January 2021.

Appendix A-9 SSI-Related Programs – Financial Eligibility Standards has been updated with the amounts indicated in the transmittal.

FLORIDA Instructions:

The FLORIDA TMEP reference table has been updated to reflect the new standards for cases processed effective July 1, 2020. A mass change will be run for these July changes. FLORIDA notices will be generated if there is a change in the client’s patient responsibility or the community spouse’s income allowance.

After the mass change is completed a Mass Change Exception Report will be available. Staff must take appropriate action on cases appearing on the exception report.

Regional Program Offices with policy questions related to this transmittal should submit them through the Policy Technical Assistance Request page. If there are any technology or systems questions, please email LaQuetta Anderson at LaQuetta.Anderson@myflfamilies.com.


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