Individuals on Medi-Cal living in a nursing home may qualify for a little-known Medi-Cal deduction called the Home Upkeep Allowance (HUA). Right now, the HUA allows a person to keep an additional $209 a month of their income to pay for the maintenance and upkeep of their home while they are temporarily residing in the nursing home.
The Medi-Cal share of cost program extends Medi-Cal eligibility to low-income older adults and people with disabilities who have significant health care needs but are just above the free Medi-Cal income limit. The share of cost program acts as a critical pathway to health care coverage, but outdated income limits force people to spend more than half of their income on health care needs every month.
Background: The Britney Spears conservatorship case exposed deep flaws within California’s probate conservatorship system – demonstrating how easily people can become trapped in a conservatorship and how difficult it is to escape. People with disabilities and older adults are often caught in the pipeline to conservatorship, a system that strips them of basic civil rights and their ability to advocate for themselves.