Department of Social Services
Family Support Division
PO Box 2320
Jefferson City, Missouri
TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES
FROM: KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: 2022 FAMILY MO HEALTHNET (MAGI) COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) FOR VETERANS ADMINISTRATION (VA) AND RAILROAD (RR) INCOME
Effective January 2022 VA and RR participants will receive a 5.9% COLA for MAGI programs.
NOTE: The Families First Coronavirus Response Action of 2020 (FFCRA) requires that MO HealthNet (MHN) coverage for individuals be maintained at the same level or better for the duration of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). The eligibility system will not reduce or end MHN coverage due to the COLA changes until the PHE is ended.
Cases that include income types VA and/or RR benefits in the eligibility system are subject to an automatic increase of 5.9% for those income types. The eligibility system will end date the previous income and add a new piece of income evidence that reflects the adjusted income amount.
NOTE: Actions to reduce benefits will not be taken until the COVID-19 PHE has ended.
Cases That Did Not Adjust
Some cases will not adjust during the COLA. These cases will require manual intervention from staff to add the increased income amounts. As cases are reviewed, check the income on each case to determine if the current income is entered. Update and verify income as required using established procedures.
For case updates made as a result of COLA, the eligibility system will finalize the decision(s) and send out the appropriate notices. Adverse Action notices will not be issued until the COVID-19 PHE has ended.
- Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.