Spend Down

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

More Common Terms

  • 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.
  • Registered Nurse (RN) A state-licensed individual who has completed training and passed a specific examination in order to perform nursing services.
  • Activities of Daily Living Assessment An assessment of an individual's physical and cognitive functions to determine if he or she can still complete activities of daily living. Assessments are performed by geriatric case managers, social workers or other similar types of professionals.

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