How the New Omnibus Bill Will Benefit Older Adults
The US Senate and House have just passed a year-end $1.7 trillion appropriations bill that will benefit older adults in several ways. Below are some of the highlights of this new bill.
- Medicaid beneficiaries who must reside in a long-term care facility but have a spouse still living at home will continue to see their healthy spouse protected from poverty. Known as spousal impoverishment rules, these protections ensure that the healthy spouse receives income while their institutionalized spouse keeps their Medicaid eligibility. These protections, which are adjusted each year, will continue to be in place until September 2027.
- If you need to take money out of your 401(k) before reaching age 59½, under certain circumstances you will no longer have to pay the 10 percent penalty fee for withdrawing money early. As of the end of 2023, you will be allowed to withdraw up to $1,000 a year for unforeseen emergencies without incurring a penalty.
- Previously, you were required to begin withdrawing money from your retirement plan account starting at age 72. This mandatory withdrawal is known as a required minimum distribution (RMD). As of January 1, 2023, the new bill allows you to hold off until age 73 to take funds from these types of private retirement accounts.
These are just some of the key benefits specifically tailored to older adults in the new Omnibus Bill.