If someone does not qualify for Medicaid because their income is higher than the limit (due to disability & alimony payments), and then they agree to lower/cancel their alimony, would they be able to then successfully apply for Medicaid? (After confirming that their income would be below the limit to qualify for Medicaid, and knowing that they would otherwise have Medicaid if not for their income level).

And would this be illegal? Someone I know is considering such, but it seems a bit dubious, legally speaking. Feels like gaming the system, and I'd like to know what sort of consequences could arise from their doing this.

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