The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recently released its updated Medicaid rules and there have been some slight increases to the minimum and maximum income limits that a community spouse is permitted. If a spouse is admitted to a nursing home and approved for Medicaid benefits, effective July 1, the community spouse is allowed to keep a minimum of $2030.00 in monthly income up to a maximum of $3023.00. In other words, if a community spouse’s only monthly income is $1000.00, then he or she can retain an additional $1030.00 for his or her spouse’s monthly income. This is called the minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance. If the community spouse has higher home-related expenses, it is possible to retain additional income up to the maximum of $3023.00. This is known as the maximum monthly maintenance needs allowance.