Hello and welcome to JustAnswer.
I'm very sorry to hear about your partner's situation and hope I can help.
No, a pension payment of $980 added to your partner's social security income of $1,283 will not cause his Medical benefits to stop, but he may have to contribute a nominal amount of money (called his Share of Costs or "SOC" for short) due to his income being above $2,000 a month.
See the information from the DHCS's webpage on the topic here:http://www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/medi-cal/Pages/Medi-CalFAQs.aspx#whocangetmedi-cal
If your income is less than Medi-Cal limits for your family size, you will receive Medi-Cal services at no cost to you. (Refer to All County Welfare Directors Letter (ACWDL) 11-16
to view the Income Limit Chart.)
- If one spouse lives in a nursing home, Medi-Cal allows the spouse remaining in the home to keep all of the income he/she receives in his/her name regardless of the amount. If that amount is below $2,541per month, then the spouse in the nursing home can give income to the spouse at home to bring the spouse at home up to $2,541 per month. Be sure to ask your county social service agency for an MC Information Notice 007 for more information on income.
If your income is more than Medi-Cal limits for your family size, you will have to pay a certain amount only in the month you have medical expenses. The amount that you pay is called your share of cost (SOC). When you pay or promise to pay that amount, we say that you have met your SOC. Once you have met your SOC, Medi-Cal will pay the rest of your covered medical bills for that month. For example, if your SOC is $50, you must first pay or obligate (obtain your providers agreement to make payments on the SOC) $50. Your provider will enter the amount you paid or obligated into the Department's database. Your case will certify when the amounts you paid or obligated equal the amount of your share of cost. Once your share of cost is certified; providers checking your eligibility will advised that you are eligible and covered services may now be billed to the Medi-Cal program. Please note, expenses incurred by ineligible members of your family may be used to meet the share of cost of eligible members.
The pension amount is still considered income, but it is 'unearned' income, which is why there are no tax forms asssociated with receiving it, such as a 1099 form. Only a portion of it will typically be applied to determine whether your partner will have to pay a nominal amount for Medical services or not.
I hope the above information is helpful to you.
Please let me know if you have any additional questions.
If you're satisfied with my answer, please remember to rate me positively so I get credit for my work!
Thanks and best of luck!