My only asset is $200,000 in IRA's. My wife is in a nursing home. I have been told that I have to cash in my IRA's and spend them down to the spousal allowance of $74,820. What should I do?

You have been given wrong information. By putting the IRA in payout status pursuant to the Medicaid authorized tables, you can keep the entire $200,000 of IRA's. Your wife is immediately eligible for Medicaid. However, you may be subject to the spousal income support rules.

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