The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2019:
Basic Part B premium: $135.50/month (was $134.00 in 2018)
Part B deductible: $185 ($183.00 in 2018)
Part A deductible: $1,364 (was $1,340 in 2018)
Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $341/day (was $335 in 2018); Co-payment
for hospital stay days 91-150: $682/day (was $670 in 2018)
• All costs for each day beyond 150 days
Skilled nursing facility co-payment, days 21-100: $170.50/day (was $167.50 in 2018)

Also, note that individuals with annual incomes over $85,000 and married couples with annual incomes over $170,000 will pay a higher Medicare Part B premium, with a minimum monthly premium of $189.60.

CMS has also released the 2019 guidelines for how much spouses of institutionalized Medicaid recipients may keep.
Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $126,420 (was $123,600 in 2018)
Minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $25,284 (was $24,720 in 2018)
Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $3,160.50 (was $3,090 in 2018)
Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $2,057.50 (thru June 30, 2019)
Medicaid Waiver Benefits Income Cap: $2,313.00 per month (was $2,250 in 2018)
Pennsylvania Medicaid penalty divisor: $10,043.28 ($330.19/day), as of 1/1/18
New Jersey Medicaid penalty divisor: $343.85/day, since 4/1/18

2019 VA “Aid and Attendance” Figures:
Single Veteran………………………………. $1,881/mo.
Married Veteran…………………………….$2,230/mo.
Widowed Spouse…………………………… $1,209 /mo.

About Jerry

Jerold E. Rothkoff, a practicing New Jersey and Pennsylvania attorney, is the Principal of the Rothkoff Law Group, an elder care law firm. Jerry dedicates his practice to serving clients in the areas of life care planning, long-term care planning, Medicaid & VA benefits, and advocacy for the elderly and disabled. He is past President of the NJ Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, former chair of the elder law section of the NJ State Bar Association, and past President of the Life Care Planning Law Firm Association. Jerry continues to be an outspoken advocate for the rights of the elderly and disabled. He writes for and gives presentations regularly to attorneys and other professionals about legal issues related to seniors and those with disabilities. Jerry’s community activities include the Twilight Wish Foundation, the Delaware Valley Stroke Council, the Alzheimer’s Association, as well as numerous other advocacy groups. When not in the office, Jerry spends time with his wife, Erica, and their five children, eighteen-year old identical twin girls, Liza and Julia, fifteen-year old fraternal twin boys, Evan and Gregory, and six-year old Aitan.

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