Department of Social Services
Family Support Division
PO Box 2320
Jefferson City, Missouri
TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES
FROM: KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: REVISION OF THE VENDOR COMMUNITY SPOUSE ALLOTMENT SECTION OF THE MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED MANUAL, AND UPDATE OF THE VENDOR WORKER INITIATED BUDGET CALCULATION AREA (WIBCA) FOR COMMUNITY SPOUSE ALLOTMENTS
MANUAL REVISION #
The purpose of this memorandum is to inform staff the MO HealthNet for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled manual section 0815.030.10.10.10 Determining the Allotment to the Community Spouse has been revised to correct a typographical error in a statement which now reads; “a utility expense need not be a major heating/cooling expense to qualify for a utility standard”, and to also inform staff of changes made in FAMIS to the WIBCA for a vendor community spouse allotment.
The Community Spouse Allotment Summary Screen/(FMHH) in WIBCA has been updated to reflect the correct utility allowance standards used when determining an allotment to a community spouse whose spouse is institutionalized and receiving vendor nursing home level of care.
Refer to the Allotment Information Screen FAMIS guide for steps when determining an allotment for approval month and ongoing. Refer to the Training Guide for steps on how to add a WIBCA for Prior Quarter after Authorization. Continue to follow standard practices and procedures for determining when a WIBCA is necessary. Appendix B contains the minimum and maximum maintenance standards. These are the amounts FAMIS uses to calculate the allotment by comparing these standards to the actual living expenses of the community spouse.
Refer to the MO HealthNet for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled Manual section 0815.030.10.10 Allotments for additional information.
- Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.