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News: NJ PNA increases from $35 to $50

The NJ SFY 2018 Budget mandated an increase to Medicaid nursing facility resident Personal Need Allowance (PNA) to $50 per month, as of July 1, 2017.  Residents whose PNA accounts are funded through their own incomes will have their monthly cost share/patient pay liability reduced by $15 to allow for the increase of PNA to $50 per month. Residents who have no income other than SSI (SSI only residents) will receive an increase of SSI payments to $50 per month.

It is still unclear if this only applies to new approvals / redeterminations or current Medicaid recipients as well. The State will be issuing a letter to providers and a Medicaid Communication about the PNA increase shortly.