If the additional resources are acquired before the long-term care spouse is actually receiving Medicaid coverage, the resources are usually considered a part of his/her share of assets and must be depleted before eligibility begins. Because the Community Spouse Resource Allowance is determined as of the month of the entrance into long-term care, resources that were not owned by either spouse in that month cannot be considered for division purposes.
Resources acquired by a Medicaid-recipient institutionalized spouse will be countable toward the $2,000 limit. Receipt of resources in excess of this amount could result in a loss of Medicaid coverage. Receipt of additional resources by the at-home spouse can usually be held without affecting the other spouse's eligibility for Medicaid.