Granted, the term Spousal Refusal sounds mean-spirited. Should an individual be allowed to legally walk away from his or her spouse's long-term care bills? Some background on the subject may lead you to respond affirmatively.
The reality of spousal refusal is very different from the politically motivated sound bites decrying multi-millionaires on Medicaid. If, for example, my husband has a stroke and we apply for Medicaid for him, I may decide to declare spousal refusal in order to protect my nest egg of $300,000.
Getting rid of the "spousal refusal" allowance will heartlessly force elderly New Yorkers to consider divorce in order to qualify their sick spouses for the care they need.