DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
PO BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI
TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION OFFICES
FROM: PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: MAGI PROGRAMS COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) FOR SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION AND SUPPLEMENTAL SECURITY INCOME
This memorandum informs staff that Social Security Administration (SSA) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) participants received a 2% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for MAGI programs in January 2018.
The COLA for SSA and SSI participants did not go into MEDES in January 2018, due to a delay of Bendex and SDX files MEDES receives for the SSA and SSI COLA. The January 2018 COLA that occurred in MEDES was for Veterans Administration (VA) and Railroad Retirement (RR) only.
For case updates made as a result of COLA, MEDES will propose and finalize the decision and send out the appropriate notices. The reasons and notices that will be sent are as follows:
- Cases with no change will be sent the IM-33C.
- Cases that result in benefit reduction will be sent an IM-80 allowing 10 days for the individual to respond to the proposed case determination. After the IM-80 period expires, the IM-33C will be sent.
- Cases that result in individuals who no longer qualify, and the proposed determination is termination of benefits: an IM-80PRE will be sent allowing 10 days for the individual to respond to the proposed case determination. After the IM-80PRE period expires, an IM-80 will be sent allowing an additional 10 day period. After the IM-80 period expires, the IM-33C will be sent.
- Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.