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Hi; My goal is to provide you with great service - if you have any questions during our chat, please ask! I'll do my best to ensure your satisfaction! Under the 2013 guidelines, which are adjusted annually for inflation, the recipient's income cannot exceed $2,130 as this would affect eligibility. The amount of rent being paid generally is not relevant unless it is used as evidence to show that the income has to be higher than the maximum. Also, Medicaid can penalize a recipient for any transactions that don't appear to be for fair market value. So for example, if rent in your area is $500 per month, and you were charging $1200, they could in theory argue that the additional $700 was a gift, without fair consideration, thus affecting her eligibility. However, if the lease mentioned that food, utilities, transportation, etc was included, this would be more likely to satisfy any concerns over the amount of rent being charged.