2018 Elder Law Numbers

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the new Medicare premiums, deductibles, and co-payments for 2018:

  • Basic Part B premium: $134.00/month (was $109.00 in 2017)
  • Part B deductible: $183 (same as 2017)
  • Part A deductible: $1,340 (was $1,316 in 2017)
  • Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $335/day (was $329 in 2017); Co-payment for hospital stay days 91-150: $670/day (was $644 in 2017)
  • All costs for each day beyond 150 days
  • Skilled nursing facility co-payment, days 21-100: $167.50/day (was $164.50 in 2017)

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 $187.50.

CMS has also released the 2018 guidelines for how much spouses of institutionalized Medicaid recipients may keep.

  • Maximum Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $123,600 (was $120,900 in 2017)
  • Minimum Community Spouse Resource Allowance: $24,720 (was $24,280 in 2017)
  • Maximum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $3,090.00 (was $3,022.50 in 2017)
  • Minimum Monthly Maintenance Needs Allowance: $2,030.00 (thru June 30, 2018)
  • Medicaid Waiver Benefits Income Cap: $2,250.00 per month (was $2,205 in 2017)
  • Pennsylvania Medicaid penalty divisor: $10,043.28 ($330.19/day), as of 1/1/18
  • New Jersey Medicaid penalty divisor: $423.95/day, since 4/1/17

2018 VA “Aid and Attendance” Figures:

  • Single Veteran………………………………. $1,830/mo.
  • Widowed Spouse…………………………… $1,176 /mo.
  • Married Veteran…………………………….$2,169/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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