Federal Partnership Program
The State of North Dakota has been participating in the federal/state long-term care partnership program since 2007. The North Dakota Long-Term Care Partnership Program is a collaboration between the state government and insurance companies. Under this partnership, consumers who purchase qualifying long-term care insurance policies can access Medicaid coverage while retaining assets they would normally first be required to spend on their long-term care.
This is what is referred to as “dollar-for-dollar” asset protection or “asset disregard”. This additional asset protection allows you to keep assets you would normally not be allowed to keep if you didn’t have a policy and had to spend your own assets for care. Even a small policy can provide solid asset protection providing you and your family with additional peace-of-mind.
If your North Dakota Partnership Long-Term Care insurance policy paid $275,000 your estate would be eligible to shelter that same amount. This is above the normal asset allowance. The larger the amount of benefits paid by the policy gives you a larger amount of additional dollar-for-dollar asset protection. 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 North Dakota. This means if you move from or to North Dakota your partnership asset protection follows you as well.
Long-Term Care Medicaid spend down is $3,000. 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 $3,216. * The home equity limit is $595,000.
For more information about the Medicaid program visit www.medicaid.gov.
Rate Stability Rules
In addition, North Dakota consumers enjoy additional peace-of-mind as the state has adopted Long-Term Care Insurance Rate Stability Rules. These rules, developed the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, makes it much harder for an insurance company to get an approved rate increase.
Products Approved in North Dakota
A variety of products are approved in North Dakota for Long-Term Care planning. These include tradition long-term care insurance policies in addition to partnership certified plans and asset-based “hybrid” policies.
North Dakota Long-Term Care Partnership policies also qualify for an annual $250 North Dakota income tax credit. The tax credit appears on line 16 of Schedule ND-1TC. You are allowed a tax credit for premiums you pay for a partnership long-term care insurance policy that covers you or your spouse, or both. To qualify, you must be a North Dakota resident at the time you pay the premium.
*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.