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MY WIFE PASSSED AWAY THIS SEPTEMBER. I am so sorry! AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEDUCTABLEMEDICAL EXPENSE SHE INCURRED? Unfortunately, that is very possible. See more below. WE HAD A JOINT MEDICAL PLAN IN MY NAME BUT SHE INCURRED THE EXPENSE.The doctrine of necessaries is alive and well in NY, which means, given our duty to support our spouses (and children), and provide them with necessary things, which includes medical needs, we are generally liable for our spouses medical bills. However, there is some caselaw that has appeared at times to limit this obligation.