§47-24-6. Treatment of reverse mortgage loan proceeds by public benefit programs.

Notwithstanding any law relating to payments, allowances, benefits or service provided on a means-tested basis, including, but not limited to, supplemental security income, low-income energy assistance, property tax relief, medical assistance and general assistance:

(a) Reverse mortgage loan payments made to a borrower shall be treated as proceeds from a loan and not as income for the purpose of determining eligibility and benefits under means tested programs of aid to individuals.

(b) Undisbursed funds shall be treated as equity in a borrower's home and not as proceeds from a loan for the purpose of determining eligibility and benefits under means-tested programs of aid to individuals.