MEMORANDUM

2012 Memorandums

IM-#20      03/13/12

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI
TO:
ALL COUNTY OFFICES
FROM:
ALYSON CAMPBELL, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT:
UPDATE OF POVERTY INCOME GUIDELINES FOR FAMILY HEALTHCARE PROGRAMS, MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED spend down AND NON spend down, TICKET TO WORK HEALTH ASSURANCE (TWHA) , QUALIFIED MEDICARE BENEFICIARY(QMB), SPECIFIED LOW INCOME MEDICARE BENEFICIARY(SLMB AND SLMB-2), MO HEALTHNET FOR DISABLED CHILDREN, AND QUALIFIED DISABLED WORKING INDIVIDUALS (QDWI) PROGRAMS
MANUAL REVISION #11:
0210.005.30;
0805.015.45;
0855.005.40.05;
0855.005.45;
0855.005.45.05;
0860.005.15.05;
0865.010.10.10;
0870.010.05;
0900.000.00 APPENDIX D, PAGE 1;
0950.000.00

DISCUSSION:

Effective April 1, 2012, the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) income guidelines are increased for MO HealthNet for Families, Kids, Pregnant Women, Newborn, Uninsured Women's Health Services (UWHS), Transitional MO HealthNet (TMH) in the third quarterly reporting period, MHABD spend down and non- spend down, TWHA, Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB), and Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB and SLMB-2), Qualified Disabled Working Individuals, and MO HealthNet for Disabled Children (MHDC) programs. New poverty income guidelines for Temporary MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women (TEMP) eligibility will be provided to qualified providers by IM Program and Policy. New poverty income guidelines will be provided to presumptive eligibility providers (PE for Kids) by State Office.

On the weekend of March 17, 2012, the SSA and SSI amounts which were not increased during the adjustment for the COLA (see Memorandum IM-72 of December 9, 2011), will be adjusted for MO HealthNet programs with income eligibility based on federal poverty level. This memorandum includes information on:

FAMIS ADJUSTMENTS

The adjustments begin Saturday, March 17. FAMIS will be unavailable until the adjustments are completed. If the adjustments are not completed by the morning of March 19, staff will be notified.

FAMIS will adjust active cases, based on the new FPL income guidelines. If there is no outstanding verification or other outstanding issues at the time the adjustment is completed, the system will authorize the action(s). Notices will be sent on all actions except actions that result in no change (NOCH in FAMIS).

For FAMIS determinations created on or after March 19, 2012, FAMIS will use the new FPL income guidelines effective for April 2012. For determinations effective March 2012 and earlier, FAMIS will apply the previous FPL income guidelines.

On the weekend of March 17, 2012, FAMIS will do the following adjustments for the month of April 2012:

The EU Action Log (EULOG or FM40) displays the action taken by the system and the benefit month. To view information for:

CONFLICT OF ACTIONS

FAMIS will adjust the FPL income guidelines on EUs with pending adverse actions at the time of the mass adjustment. If an adverse action is pending on another change, a conflict of actions occurs. These conflicting actions must be resolved so the system can take action on the case. When there are conflicting actions, the eligibility specialist receives two alerts "OUTSTANDING ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION" and "ADVERSE ACTION NEEDS RESOLVING". The conflict must be resolved by the Eligibility Specialist. To resolve the conflict:

PREMIUM REFUNDS

Premiums paid for April coverage will be refunded to the participant if the FPL causes the case to become eligible as a non-premium case. The refund process will take approximately 8 weeks to complete.

REQUEST FOR HEARING/CONTINUED BENEFITS

The FA-410 and FA-420 Adverse Action Notices are dated March 19, 2012.

Any EU receiving an FA-410 or FA-420 Adverse Action Notice may request a hearing on the mass adjustment action within 10 days from the date of the notice.

The FA-450 and FA-460 Action Notice generated by the mass adjustment is dated March 19, 2012, unless an FA-410 or FA-420 notice was sent. Any EU receiving an FA-450 or FA-460 Action Notice may request a hearing on the mass adjustment action within 90 days from March 19, 2012.

If an EU receiving an FA-410 or FA-420 Adverse Action Notice requests a hearing on the adjustment by March 29, 2012, the EU may request benefits continue at the level before the FPL adjustment until the hearing decision is made. Staff should inform the EU that if continued benefits are issued and the agency is determined to be correct, a claim will be established for the overpayment.

To continue the MO HealthNet benefits at a higher level of care for EUs who received an FA-410 or FA-420 Adverse Action Notice pending the hearing decision, update the action status to HOLD (HOL) on the Action Resolution (FM50) screen. Refer to FAMIS User Guide Changing an Adverse Action Status for instructions.

FAMIS CASES NOT ADJUSTED

FAMIS is not able to adjust cases listed on the Interrupted/Incomplete Controlled Flows (CONFLOWS) or the Manual Conversion (CONVERT) screens. Those cases will not be adjusted until the conversion and the controlled flow are complete.

FAMIS MHABD cases that have an option between TWHA premium and MHABD spend down coverage or MHABD spend down and SLMB-2 coverage and have never had an option selected will not be adjusted. Those cases will have the new FPL income guidelines applied once a coverage option has been selected. 

LEGACY CASES NOT ADJUSTED

Qualified Disabled Working Individual (QDWI) is the only program still in the Legacy system that is based on FPL income guidelines, all other cases using the FPL income guidelines have been converted to FAMIS. There are currently no legacy cases identified as QDWI. Legacy system cases will not be adjusted for the FPL increase.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS AND OTHER RESOURCES

The MO HealthNet Program Description Aged, Blind, and Disabled Program Descriptions, Family Healthcare Program Descriptions, MO HealthNet Aged, Blind, and Disabled Income Chart, and MHK/MHF/TA Income Chart are updated on the Intranet and Internet to include the change in FPL income limits. The MO HealthNet for Kids, MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women, MO HealthNet for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled, Uninsured Women's Health Services Program, Do Your Children Need Health Coverage, QMB and SLMB Internet pages have been updated to include the change in FPL income limits.

NECESSARY ACTION:

TM/KS


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