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 SSA/SSI INCOME
Effective April 1, 2022, MAGI cases will be updated to reflect a 5.9% COLA for Social Security Administration (SSA) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) participants.
NOTE: The Families First Coronavirus Response Act 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 has ended.
Cases that include income types Social Security Adult (disability or received off disabled/deceased spouse), Social Security Adult (retirement), Social Security Child (disability or received off disabled/deceased parent), and SSI are subject to an automatic increase of 5.9%. The eligibility system will end date the previous income and add a new piece of income evidence that reflects the adjusted income amount.
Cases That Did Not Adjust
Some cases will not adjust during 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.