Spend Down

A requirement that an individual use up most of his or her own income to meet Medicaid eligibility requirements.

More Common Terms

  • Discharge Planner A social worker or nurse who assists a patient with health care arrangements following a hospital stay.
  • Medicaid A state program that is financed at both the state and federal level that provides medical and long-term care benefits for low-income people. The “Medicaid” term may vary in various states.
  • Disability Insurance A type of insurance coverage that compensates some percentage of a worker's total wages should they become sick and/or injured and therefore unable to work.

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