Medicaid Modifies Vehicle Exclusion

By Doug Chalgian on October 19, 2021

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The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has decided to update the definition of “vehicle” in the context of its long-term care Medicaid programs.  As you may know, a person may exempt one vehicle when they apply for assistance from one of the Medicaid long term supports and services programs.

Exactly what types of contraptions can qualify as a “vehicle” for the purposes of this exemption is defined in BEM 400, and that definition is going to change.  Specifically, the change will be that campers, trailers and ATVs will no longer appear in the list of types of exempt vehicles, but animal-drawn vehicles (as well the animals that pull such vehicles) will be added to the exclusion list.  [A nod perhaps to the Amish community.]

The effective date of this proposed change is January 1, 2022.

Clarification to the Burial Space Exclusion is also proposed for the same effective date.  The new language will make clear that an applicant can hold one of each burial space item for each of the individuals listed on the Burial Space Exclusion list.

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