Penalty Divisor IssuedEffective April 1, 2015, the New Jersey Department of Health and Human Services has announced that the Medicaid penalty divisor has been increased to $332.59 per day or $10,116.28 per month.  The previous divisor was $313.50 per day or $9,535.25 per month.

The new divisor shall be used for all new and pending Medicaid applications for an eligibility date of April 1, 2015 or later.  The Medicaid divisor figure is used to determine the period of ineligibility of a Medicaid applicant if assets are transferred for less than fair market value during the Medicaid five year look back.

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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