Key Elder Law Numbers for 2015

Below are figures for 2015 that are frequently used in the elder law practice or are of interest to clients.

Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Figures for 2015

The new minimum community spouse resource allowance (CSRA) is $23,844 and the new maximum CSRA is $119,220. The new maximum monthly maintenance needs allowance is $2,980.50. The minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance remains $1,966.25 ($2,457.50 for Alaska and $2,261.25 for Hawaii) until July 1, 2015.

Medicaid Home Equity Limits

Minimum: $552,000;

Maximum: $828,000

For the CMS document announcing the 2015 impoverishment and home equity figures, click here.

Income Cap

The income cap for 2015 applicable in “income cap” states will be $2,199 a month. (Florida is an “income cap” state.)

Gift and estate tax figures

Federal estate tax exemption: $5.43 million for individuals

Lifetime tax exclusion for gifts: $5.43 million

Generation-skipping transfer tax exemption: $5.43 million

The annual gift tax exclusion remains at $14,000.

Long-Term Care Premium Deductibility Limits for 2015

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2015 limitations on the deductibility of long-term care insurance premiums from taxes. Any premium amounts above these limits are not considered to be a medical expense.

Attained age before the close of the taxable year Maximum deduction
40 or less $380
More than 40 but not more than 50 $710
More than 50 but not more than 60 $1,430
More than 60 but not more than 70 $3,800
More than 70 $4,750

Benefits from per diem or indemnity policies, which pay a predetermined amount each day, are not included in income except amounts that exceed the beneficiary’s total qualified long-term care expenses or $330 per day (for 2015), whichever is greater.

For these and other inflation adjustments from the IRS, click here.

Medicare Premiums, Deductibles and Copayments for 2015

  • Part B premium: $104.90/month (unchanged)
  • Part B deductible: $147 (unchanged)
  • Part A deductible: $1,260 (was $1,216)
  • Co-payment for hospital stay days 61-90: $315/day (was $304)
  • Co-payment for hospital stay days 91 and beyond: $630/day (was $608)
  • Skilled nursing facility co-payment, days 21-100: $157/day (was $152)

Premiums for higher-income beneficiaries:

  • Individuals with annual incomes between $85,000 and $107,000 and married couples with annual incomes between $170,000 and $214,000 will pay a monthly premium of $146.90 (unchanged).
  • Individuals with annual incomes between $107,000 and $160,000 and married couples with annual incomes between $214,000 and $320,000 will pay a monthly premium of $209.80 (unchanged).
  • Individuals with annual incomes between $160,000 and $214,000 and married couples with annual incomes between $320,000 and $428,000 will pay a monthly premium of $272.70 (unchanged).
  • Individuals with annual incomes of $214,000 or more and married couples with annual incomes of $428,000 or more will pay a monthly premium of $335.70 (unchanged).

Rates differ for beneficiaries who are married but file a separate tax return from their spouse:

  • Those with incomes between $85,000 and $129,000 will pay a monthly premium of $272.70 (unchanged).
  • Those with incomes greater than $129,000 will pay a monthly premium of $335.70 (unchanged).

For Medicare’s “Medicare costs at a glance,” click here.

Social Security Benefit Changes for 2015

Monthly federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payment standard will be $733 for an individual and $1,100 for a couple.

Average monthly Social Security retirement payment: $1,328 a month (was $1,306) for individuals and $2,176 (was $2,140) for couples

Maximum amount of earnings subject to Social Security taxation: $118,500 (was $117,000)

For a complete list of the 2015 Social Security changes, go to: http://www.ssa.gov/news/press/factsheets/colafacts2015.html

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