Department of Social Services
Family Support Division
PO Box 2320
Jefferson City, Missouri
TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES
FROM: KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: ALIGNING FAMILY MO HEALTHNET (MAGI) INCOME VERIFICATION POLICY WITH THE MAGI VERIFICATION PLAN
MAGI Manual Sections 1805.030.05 Income Evidence, 1805.030.15 Reasonable Compatibility, and 1805.030.15.10 Reasonable Compatibility with More than One Income in the Household are updated to align MAGI policy with recent changes to the MAGI Verification Plan and related federal guidance.
Key changes are:
- Attempt to resolve reasonable compatibility (RC) inconsistencies by first trying to contact the participant to ask for a clarifying statement. Obtain verification only if the clarifying statement cannot be obtained or does not resolve the inconsistency.
- When self-attested income and electronically obtained information (EOI) are both within the same program threshold or the EOI is in a higher program threshold, but is within 10% of the self-attested amount, use the self-attested amount to determine the eligibility level.
- After checking for income verified by another assistance program, such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), accept the self-attested amount of income for self-employment and farming income, pensions, and short or long-term disability.
Refer to the updated sections for more information.
Note: Per federal requirements at 42 CFR 435.945(j), Family Support Division (FSD) is required to maintain a MAGI Verification Plan describing FSD’s MAGI verification policies and procedures.
- Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.