Spend Down

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

More Common Terms

  • Chronic disease A disease or condition that lasts over a long period of time and typically cannot be cured, often associated with a disability.
  • Caregiver A broad term used to refer to an individual who provides care to another individual who cannot care for him or herself due to a disability or functional limitation. This individual could provide nonmedical care such as help with bathing or eating or ...
  • Hospice A program providing support services such as pain and symptom management, social services, and emotional support for the terminally ill and their families. Care can be provided at home, assisted living or nursing homes.

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