Income and Asset Limits for the Texas Medicaid Program (2009-2014)

MEDICAID in TEXAS 1/2009 thru 12/2011** Amounts 2012 Amounts 2013 Amounts 2014 Amounts
Income Cap (single) $2,022 $2,094 $2,130 $2,163
Income Cap (couple) $4,044 $4,044 $4,260 $4,326
Protected Resource Amount (minimum) $21,912  $22,728  $23,184 $23,448
Protected Resource Amount (maximum) $109,560  $113,640  $115,920 $117,240
Protected Income allowance $2,739 $2,841 $2,898 $2,931
Transfer Penalty 130.88/day* this increased to $142.92/day on 9/1/2011 $142.92/day $148.00/day this increased to $156.34/day on 9/1/2013 $156.34/day
* The divisor to calculate the disqualification period resulting from transfers of assets was changed effective November 1, 2005 to a daily rate of $117.08 instead of a monthly rate. Divisor increased on 9/1/2007 to 122.50/day and increased on 9/1/2009 to $130.88/day. It increased to $142.92/day on 9-1-2011.


** HR 3326, Public Law 111-118 (DOD Appropriations Act of 2010)  SEC. 1012. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall not publish updated poverty guidelines for 2010 under section 673(2) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1981 (42 U.S.C. 9902(2)) before March 1, 2010, and the poverty guidelines published under such section on January 23, 2009, shall remain in effect until updated poverty guidelines are published.

2 thoughts on “Income and Asset Limits for the Texas Medicaid Program (2009-2014)

  1. This scale is confusing. As a caregiver t o my dad who lives alone can I transfer money from his acct to mine for payment of my services to him who has Alzheimer’s. I have durable poa and financial and medical without getting in trouble with medicaid later.


    • Under the Texas Medicaid rules, compensation cannot be paid to family members for services that would normally be provided by a family member (such as house painting or repairs, mowing lawns, grocery shopping, cleaning, laundry, preparing meals, transportation to medical care). Such payments cause a transfer penalty. There is one exception: If a family member enters into a contract to provide caregiver services, then that family member quits an existing job in order to provide those caregiver services, the family member’s compensation up to the amount of the lost wages is not considered a penalized transfer.

      So, as a caregiver to your father who has Alzheimer’s, you can be paid without a negative Medicaid impact only if you 1) have a contract regarding the services to be provided, and 2) quit a job in order to provide those services. Then, the amount paid to you which replaces your lost wages does not cause a transfer penalty when your father applies for Medicaid. (Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities Handbook, I-4000)


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