Federal Partnership Program
The State of Nebraska participates in the federal/state long-term care partnership program established under the authority of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005. The program offers additional asset protection, known as “dollar-for-dollar” asset protection if you have a qualified long-term care insurance policy.
A Nebraska Long-Term Care Partnership Policy is a tax-qualified long-term care policy (group insurance contracts include a certificate with policy issue) which would result in an asset disregard. For the purpose of determining the policyholder's eligibility for Medicaid after the policy benefits are exhausted, the asset disregard is equal to the amount of long-term care benefits received under a Nebraska Partnership Policy.
This allows a person to keep assets equal to the amounts received under a qualified Nebraska Partnership Policy without affecting the person’s eligibility for Medicaid. So, if your Nebraska Partnership Long-Term Care policy pays out $425,000 in benefits you would have $425,000 in asset disregard above the normal allowance when they compute your eligibility for the Medicaid Long-Term Care benefit. The Partnership Program also protects those assets after death from Medicaid estate recovery.
Most states have reciprocity with other states' long-term-care partnership programs including Nebraska. This means if you move from or to Nebraska your partnership asset protection follows you as well.
Long-Term Care Medicaid spend down is $4,000. A spouse’s minimum asset allowance is minimum of $25,728 up to a maximum of one-half of countable assets up to $128,640. Your spouse’s minimum monthly income allowance is $2,113.75. * The home equity limit is $595,000.
For more information about the Medicaid program visit www.medicaid.gov.
Products Approved in Nebraska
A variety of products are approved in Nebraska for Long-Term Care planning. These include traditional plans, including partnership certified policies, short-duration policies, and asset-based “hybrid” plans.
There is a state tax incentive, in addition to federal tax incentives, to encourage consumers to purchase a qualified long-term care insurance policy.
The law allows a state income tax deduction for The Nebraska Long-Term Care Savings Plan contribution of up to $2,000 per married filing jointly returns or $1,000 for any other return, to the extent not deducted for federal income tax purposes.
*The federal government sets a new minimum and maximum amounts each year, but states can set their own minimum requirements at any level between the federal limits. This information is based on the best available sources.