SECTION 358.415. Calculation of the Spousal Protected Resource Amount  

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  • (a) The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) calculates the spousal protected resource amount (SPRA) as of the assessment date described in §358.414(c) of this division (relating to Assessment of Resources to Determine a Spousal Protected Resource Amount).

    (b) When determining the SPRA, HHSC excludes the following resources regardless of value:

    (1) one automobile; and

    (2) a home, if:

    (A) the community spouse or dependent family member continues to live in the home while the person is in the institutional setting;

    (B) the community spouse lives in another state on out-of-state property, whether or not the institutionalized spouse has ownership interest; or

    (C) the community spouse had been living in the out-of-state property as a home but is not residing there during the assessment and initial eligibility period and the community spouse signs a statement of intent to return to the home.

    (c) The SPRA is the greater of:

    (1) one-half of the couple's combined countable resources, not to exceed the maximum resource amount set by federal law; or

    (2) the minimum resource amount set by federal law.

    (d) HHSC calculates the SPRA as described in this section whether the SPRA is calculated at the time of application for Medicaid or before an application for Medicaid is filed. After HHSC determines the SPRA, the SPRA does not change unless:

    (1) the SPRA was based on incomplete or inaccurate information, as described in §358.416(f)(1) of this division (relating to Initial Application and the Spousal Protected Resource Amount); or

    (2) the SPRA is expanded as described in §358.420 of this division (relating to Expanding the Spousal Protected Resource Amount).

    (e) The couple may not appeal the SPRA at the time of the assessment. The couple may appeal the SPRA after an application for Medicaid is filed.

Source Note: The provisions of this §358.415 adopted to be effective September 1, 2009, 34 TexReg 5497