Community Spousal Allowance

HI, I’m Jeff Bellomo with Bellomo & Associates.  We are your estate planning and elder law firm. 


This video today, we are going to talk a little bit about community spousal allowance.  So, we are in the Medicaid context.  We are in a situation where there is a married couple, and the community spouse, the well spouse, or the person who is living in the community is going to be allowed to keep a portion of the I.S., or the institutionalized spouse’s income.

If income is below, we call it the triple M.N.A, or the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance, which in Pennsylvania is currently, in 2020 at $2114.00 a month.  So, what that means is if the community spouse’s income is not at $2114.00 a month, they will be allowed to keep a portion of the institutionalized spouse’s income to be able to go into their pocket so that they can keep it.  Now, the maximum triple M.N.A. in Pennsylvania currently is $3216.00 a month. 

So, when we get in the window between $2114.00 and $3216.00, we in the law firm will guide you if the out of pocket expenses for the housing and those types of things are high enough to get us up there but at a minimum, we are going to be able to get you to $2114.00 of income and that may mean that we will have to keep a portion of the institutionalized spouse’s income to get us up to that minimum. 

ll I hope that helped.  I hope today’s video in regards to the community spousal allowance and the triple M.N.A or the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance or the maximum monthly needs allowance made some sense.  Hope this video helped. If you have any questions feel free to contact us by clicking here.  Have a great day!


jeffrey bellomo

Jeffrey R. Bellomo, Esquire is a Certified Elder Law Attorney by the National Elder Law Foundation under authorization of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. As the owner of Bellomo & Associates, LLC he advises families about the legal challenges facing them today. He counsels clients and provides solutions on: Asset Protection, Special Needs Trusts, Wills, Trust Design, Guardianships, Medicaid and Estate Planning & Administration. His mission is to provide professional caring service to all his clients.

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