Medicaid, Spousal Impoverishment and Same-Sex Couples (*webinar)
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (PST)
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Michael Adams, Executive Director, SAGE
Alice Herman, SAGE Client
Christy Mallory, Reid Rasmussen Fellow of Law & Policy, The Williams Institute
Jennifer C. Pizer, Legal Director and Arnold D. Kassoy Senior Scholar of Law, The Williams Institute
Sherrill Wayland, Executive Director, SAGE Metro St. Louis
*Registration is now closed.
As the nation’s primary health insurance program for low-income individuals, Medicaid serves as the single largest payer of long-term care in the United States, which is often necessary for older adults and people with disabilities who rely on institutional or in-home health services. Medicaid qualification rules include a series of “spousal impoverishment protections” that aim to prevent a healthy spouse from having to give up a family home or retirement savings, and live in poverty, in order to qualify his/her spouse for Medicaid. Unfortunately, these spousal impoverishment protections generally do not apply to same-sex couples, which can leave a same-sex partner without a home, unprotected from impoverishment.
In June 2011, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced federal guidance on how to extend some of these key protections to all couples, including LGBT older adults. This webinar is designed to provide policy guidance to state policymakers and advocates interested in implementing these protections in their respective state.
The Williams Institute will present their new reports, “Securing Protections for Same-Sex Partners Against Impoverishment Related to Medicaid-Supported Long Term Care Services,” that explain how states can implement these protections, even if they do not currently recognize same-sex relationships through marriage or an alternative. SAGE will also present information on their national initiative and what other advocates are doing to extend these protections in their home states.