Her SS check is 1263.00 and I think the maximum income for Medicaid recipients in MS is 1047.00? So she doesn't qualify? What the heck? But if I stick her in a nursing home, she qualifies for it. At least that's what happened after her stroke when she was discharged to the rehab/nursing home for 9 weeks. Does anyone know if the Medicaid spend down applies to the SS check too? I spent the last 14 hours on and off the computer looking for programs and agencies to give us some relief. Please advise. Seems like a joke that she works her entire life and makes 150.00 too much to qualify for benefits that she has paid her entire life to. So unfair.