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What Is a Medicaid Recipient Allowed to Spend His $2,000 in Resources On?

  • November 22nd, 2017
I live in New Jersey. My dad is in an assisted living facility. He is permitted to have no more than $2,000 in resources. Is he permitted to do anything with that $2,000? For example, can he pay for cable television? Can he give a wedding gift?

While we can't give a specific answer about New Jersey in particular, it probably follows the customary rule. Generally, your father can spend the $2,000 (or you can spend it on his behalf) any way he likes as long as it is for his own benefit. So, he can pay for cable TV, but he cannot pay for a wedding gift because the wedding gift is for someone else. (The Medicaid agency will not understand that he’s making the gift because it gives him pleasure to do so.)

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