Can Medicaid Recipients Use Income to Play Casino Bingo?

Medicaid recipients can spend whatever they would like at a casino. Medicaid does not scrutinize their spending. They only penalize them for giving money away to qualify for benefits.

Medicaid’s Personal Needs Allowance

After nursing home expenses are paid, leftover money can be used for anything that benefits a Medicaid recipient. Learn more about Medicaid’s personal needs allowance. This stipend permits additional monthly funds to be used for things that Medicaid does not cover and enhances their lifestyle, but there are some restrictions. Be sure you understand them to avoid jeopardizing government benefits.

Since Medicaid rules are different in each state, questions about Medicaid can easily be answered by an elder law attorney near you.

Harry S. Margolis practices elder law, estate, and special needs planning in Boston and Wellesley, Massachusetts. He is the founder of and answers consumer questions about estate planning issues here and at