I am very sorry to hear this;
Fortunately the federal and state governments have enacted exemptions to the estate recovery process to exempt certain property when there is a spouse:
I found this very detailed guide of exempt assets which include the primary residence when the other spouse resides in that home:
If one wishes to read the public policy considerations behind the law exempting the marital residence, that information is here:
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