3.2.6 Liquid assets

DHA Case No. MGE 210128 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals November 22, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF An asset is not available if the member lacks the ability to provide legal access to it. In this case, the petitioner had a life insurance policy with a cash value greater than $2,000; he also had […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 210257 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals December 7, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF An appeal must be filed within 45 days of a Medicaid application denial for the Division of Hearings and Appeals to have jurisdiction. In this case, the deadline to appeal the initial denial of the Medicaid application […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 209934 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals November 13, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF Collectibles acquired or held because of their value as an investment are countable assets. In this case, the petitioner owned sports memorabilia worth about $35,000 but argued the collection was (1) unavailable due to the time it […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 209285 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals September 19, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF Vehicles used for transportation can be countable assets (apart from one exempt vehicle), but household goods used for maintenance, use, and occupancy of the premises are not countable. In this case, the petitioner’s Medicaid application was denied […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 208349 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals June 13, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF In general, applicants are responsible for verification—but agencies cannot deny eligibility when the applicant has no ability to get the required verification. In this case, the petitioner and his wife were both applying for Institutional MA through their […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 194293 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals January 6, 2020) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF The amount a community spouse can keep depends on the couple’s total resources on the date of the asset assessment, which is often the date a functional screen was completed and the person was determined functionally eligible. […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 196806 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals January 9, 2020) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF An applicant must be under the asset limit as of the last day of the month for that month’s eligibility. In this case, the petitioner’s eligibility for August was denied because her bank statement showed a high […] Read more

DHA Case No. MAP 196477 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals January 13, 2020) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF To be eligible for the MAPP program, the individual’s countable assets must be below $15,000. Assets titled solely in a spouse’s name do not count for MAPP. In this case, the Department disenrolled the petitioner, apparently counting […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 197888 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals March 20, 2020) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF In general, applicants are responsible for verification—but agencies cannot deny eligibility when the applicant has no ability to get the required verification. In this case, the petitioner listed an old timeshare on the Medicaid application but lacked […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 208717 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals July 20, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF The Medicaid Eligibility Handbook contains two competing rules: revocable annuities are countable and available assets, but IRAs belonging to a community spouse are disregarded. In this case, the community spouse owned two Individual Retirement Annuities. The agency argued these […] Read more

DHA Case No. CWA 198273 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals August 3, 2020) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF This brief decision is a straightforward application of the name-on-the-check rule. A Medicaid-compliant annuity that pays only to the community spouse is not income available to the insititutionalized spouse. Preliminary Recitals Pursuant to a petition filed on […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 200475 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals February 8, 2021) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF Eligibility for MA begins the first of the month in which the applicant meets all program requirements. In this case, the petitioner planned for a divestment penalty with a Medicaid-compliant annuity, but the final annuity payment occurred […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 202884 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals November 2, 2021) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF In a spousal impoverishment case, the most valuable vehicle is exempted and all others are counted. In this case, the petitioner’s attorney argued (among other things) that he could elect to exempt the least valuable vehicle for the asset […] Read more

DHA Case No. BCS 204450 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals March 29, 2022) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF In general, all taxable gross income is counted when determining eligibility for BadgerCare Plus, including Social Security income. In this case, the petitioner deposited his Social Security into an ABLE account. ALJ Beth Whitaker found that the […] Read more

DHA Case No. MRA 178406 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals January 13, 2017) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF The Medicaid Eligibility Handbook contains two competing rules: revocable annuities are countable and available assets, but IRAs belonging to a community spouse are disregarded. In this case, the community spouse owned an Individual Retirement Annuity, funded by […] Read more