DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
PO BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI
TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION OFFICES
FROM: PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: FAMIS UPDATE OF POVERTY INCOME GUIDELINES FOR MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED PROGRAMS
MANUAL REVISION #22
Appendix J, Adult Standards Chart
Appendix K, MO HealthNet Aged, Blind, and Disabled Program Descriptions
Appendix L, Aged, Blind, Disabled Income Chart
Appendix M, Medicare Cost Savings Program
Effective April 1, 2018, the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) income guidelines increase for the following FAMIS 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), Qualified Disabled Working Individuals (QDWI), MO HealthNet for Disabled Children (MHDC) programs and Gateway to Better Health.
On the weekend of March 10, 2018, MO HealthNet for the Aged, Blind and Disabled programs in FAMIS with income eligibility based on the federal poverty level will be adjusted. This memorandum includes information on:
Active cases in FAMIS were adjusted based on the new FPL income guidelines. If there were no outstanding verification or other outstanding issues at the time the adjustment was completed, the system authorized the action(s). Notices were sent on all actions except actions that resulted in no change (NOCH in FAMIS). For FAMIS determinations created on or after March 10, 2018, FAMIS will use the new FPL income guidelines effective for April 2018. For determinations effective March 2018 and earlier, FAMIS will apply the previous FPL income guidelines.
On the weekend of March 10, 2018, FAMIS completed the following adjustments for the month of April 2018:
- Increased the “Income Maximum” field on the Adult MO HealthNet Budget Summary (FMD8) screen by the appropriate FPL amount based on adult program and assistance group size.
- The EU Action Log (EULOG or FM40) screen displays the action taken by the system and the benefit month. To view information for MO HealthNet adjustment:
- Select the action and press F17=INQAUTH. The Action Authorization (FM4N) screen displays.
- Press F16-BUDSUM. The MHABD Assistance Group Summary (FMD7) screen displays.
- To view specific budget information, select the individual and coverage type and press F16=AGBUDSUM.
CONFLICT OF ACTIONS
FAMIS adjusted the FPL income guidelines on eligibility units (EU) with pending adverse actions at the time of the mass adjustment. If an adverse action was pending on another change, a conflict of actions occurred. These conflicting actions must be resolved so the system can act on the case. When there are conflicting actions, the Eligibility Specialist (ES) receives two alerts “OUTSTANDING ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION” and “ADVERSE ACTION NEEDS RESOLVING”. To resolve the conflict the ES must:
- Access the Action Resolution (FM50 or ACTRES) screen and determine which pending adverse action period is most appropriate to void. For example, if there is an earlier pending adverse action to close the case based upon ineligibility, the Eligibility Specialist would choose to void the adverse action generated from the FPL mass adjustment. Refer to FAMIS User Guide “Changing an Adverse Action Status” for instructions.
- After voiding the appropriate adverse action, access the Eligibility Determination Resolution screen (FM3Y or EDRES) and run a new eligibility determination.
- Authorize the adverse action.
- Enter comment supporting the decision to void the adverse action.
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-420 Adverse Action Notices are dated March 12, 2018. Any EU receiving an FA-420 Adverse Action Notice may request a hearing on the mass adjustment action within 10 days from the date of the notice.
If an EU receiving an FA-420 Adverse Action Notice requests a hearing on the adjustment by March 22, 2018 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 any overpayment.
To continue the MO HealthNet benefits at a higher level of care for EUs who received an 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. Enter comments regarding the request for hearing and interim contacts.
The FA-460 Action Notice generated by the mass adjustment is dated March 23, 2018, unless an FA-420 notice was sent. Any EU receiving an FA-460 Action Notice may request a hearing on the mass adjustment action within 90 days from March 23, 2018.
FAMIS CASES NOT ADJUSTED
FAMIS is not able to adjust cases listed on the Interrupted/Incomplete Controlled Flows (CONFLOWS) screen. Those cases will not be adjusted until the controlled flow is 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. The new FPL income guidelines will be applied once a coverage option has been selected.
LEGACY CASES NOT ADJUSTED
Legacy system cases will not be adjusted for the FPL increase.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONS AND OTHER RESOURCES
The MO HealthNet Adult Standards Chart, MO HealthNet Aged, Blind, and Disabled Program Descriptions, the MO HealthNet Aged, Blind, Disabled Income Chart, and the Medicare Cost Savings Programs (QMB and SLMB) internet pages are updated to include the change in FPL income limits, and have been added to the Medical Assistance Manual in Appendices J, K, and L, and M.
- Begin using the new federal poverty level income guidelines effective for April 2018 and later.
- Resolve conflicting actions.
- Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.