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Can an Ex-Spouse Receive Spousal Support Payments from a Medicaid Recipient?

  • February 14th, 2018
My mother and father are divorced. My father entered a nursing home in Ohio and needs to apply for Medicaid. Will my mother still be able to receive spousal support payments from my father each month?

While we can’t tell you about Ohio in particular, the answer is probably no. Your father will have to pay all of his income, less a small personal needs allowance to the nursing home. Medicaid allows for income to be paid to a spouse in some circumstances, but not to an ex-spouse. It doesn’t care that your father has a legal obligation to make these payments.

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Last Modified: 02/14/2018

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