Many couples in this situation apply for Medicaid benefits. In Massachusetts, Medicaid is administered by MassHealth. In order to qualify for MassHealth nursing home benefits, an individual may only have $2,000 in countable assets. For married couples, the institutionalized spouse may only have $2,000 in assets and the community spouse may only retain a certain amount of countable assets, called the Community Spouse Resource Allowance (CSRA), which is adjusted yearly. As of 2021, the CSRA is $130,380.