IM-01 SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) TEMPORARY INCREASE TO MONTHLY ALLOTMENTS

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) TEMPORARY INCREASE TO MONTHLY ALLOTMENTS

DISCUSSION:

The memo is to inform staff that the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 allows states to increase the base household SNAP benefit by 15%  from January 2021 to June 2021.

For the month of January, 2021 FAMIS is being updated to include the 15% increase to household’s normal eligible allotment. The increase will show in FAMIS on January 21, 2021 and participants will receive a letter to inform them of changes on their case.

For February through June, 2021 the 15% increase will be included on the household’s normal payroll date.

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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IM-123 IDENTIFYING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES (DHSS) NON-MEDICAL ELIGIBLE (NME) CONSUMER DIRECTED SERVICES (CDS) PARTICIPANTS

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI

 

TO:  ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES

FROM:  REGINALD E. McELHANNON, INTERIM DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  IDENTIFYING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SENIOR SERVICES (DHSS) NON-MEDICAL ELIGIBLE (NME) CONSUMER DIRECTED SERVICES (CDS) PARTICIPANTS

MANUAL REVISION #89                          

0810.010.15.15.15         

 

DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this memorandum is to inform staff of revisions made regarding the exchange of information the Family Support Division (FSD) receives from DHSS, Division of Senior and Disability Services (DSDS) on participants receiving NME CDS.

DSDS will begin immediately forwarding the NME CDS listing directly to the MO HealthNet Spend Down Unit at SpendDown.Unit@dss.mo.gov. The revised process is outlined in IM Manual Section 0810.010.15.15.15 Identifying DHSS NME CDS Participants

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

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IM-110 CHIP AFFORDABLE INSURANCE DEFINITION – CALCULATOR APPENDIX G UPDATE

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI

 

TO:  ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES

FROM:  REGINALD E. McELHANNON, ACTING DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  CHIP Affordable Insurance Definition – Calculator Appendix G Update

MANUAL REVISION #77
Appendix G
Appendix F

 

DISCUSSION:

This memorandum introduces updates to the CHIP Affordability Calculator. The updates reflect the 2019 Federally Facilitated Marketplace (FFM) premium changes. The new calculator is effective immediately. Use the 2019 CHIP Affordability Calculator (Appendix G) when processing all new or pending applications dated 4/1/2019 or after.

To use the calculator review Appendix F – CHIP Affordability Test Calculator Instructions

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum and policy revisions with appropriate staff.

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IM-109 INTRODUCING MO HEALTHNET CHART FOR INFORMATION REQUESTS

FROM:  PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  INTRODUCING MO HEALTHNET CHART FOR INFORMATION REQUESTS

DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this memo is to introduce the new MO HealthNet Chart for Information Requests. This chart provides information for staff to use to determine if authorized representatives, or other entities that are requesting information about a participant’s case, are valid and if the representative can receive case information.

Any representative with a current and valid IM-6AR meets the requirements to release case information. However, if a participant wants to release the information to an attorney, individual, or organization they can provide a different release (such as a release created by their attorney or the organization), but the signed request must include certain information. This required information varies depending on who is requesting the information. This chart includes the specific information that is required for attorneys, individuals, and organizations.

The MO HealthNet Chart for Information Requests was created using the following policy information. There was no change in policy.

Family MO HealthNet (MAGI): 802.020.30 Signing by an Authorized Representative

Medical Assistance for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled: 0803.020.10 Appointment of an Authorized Representative

Income Maintenance Manual: 0130.000.00 Legal Aspects

The chart is available for staff to reference on the FSD Training & Development page, click on the Income Maintenance tab at the top of the page, click on the Guides tab, and then the MO HealthNet Chart for Information Requests will be located on the Guides and Helpsheets page under Guides.

The chart is also available for staff to reference in the MEDES Resource Guide.

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Staff must use this chart to determine if an information release is valid.
  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

ATTACHMENT:
MO HealthNet Chart for Information Requested

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IM-108 APPLICATION FOR MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED (IM-1MA) REVISION

FROM:  PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT: APPLICATION FOR MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED (IM-1MA) REVISION

FORM REVISION #24

IM-1MA

 

DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this memorandum is to introduce changes to the IM-1MA Application for MO HealthNet (Medicaid).

Page (1) of the IM-1MA has been revised to include the Greene County Family Support Division (FSD) mailing address and fax number where MO HealthNet for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (MHABD) applications should be submitted. The myDSS.mo.gov website has also been added.

MHABD applications may now be submitted to FSD at:

  • Greene County FSD
    101 Park Central Square
    Springfield, MO 65806
    Fax: (417) 895-6080

The revised IM-1MA is available in the IM Forms Manual.

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.
  • Destroy all previous paper versions of the IM-1MA and immediately begin using the 06/19 version.

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IM-101 UPDATE TO INCOME INCLUDED AND EXCLUDED UNDER MAGI

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI

TO:  ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES

FROM:  PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  UPDATE TO INCOME INCLUDED AND EXCLUDED UNDER MAGI

MANUAL REVISION #70

1805.030.20.05                             

1805.030.20.10

DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this memorandum is to advise that the MAGI MO HealthNet Policy Manual sections 1805.030.20.05 Income Included Under MAGI and 1805.030.20.10 Income Excluded Under MAGI have been updated.

Updates include:

  • Changes in whether to include or exclude alimony from divorces and separation:
    • Finalized before January 1st, 2019: included
    • Finalized after January 1st, 2019: excluded
  • An increase in the tax filer threshold for earned income from a child to: $12,000 based on the 2018 IRS Publication 501
  • Updating the term “commuter expenses” to “per diem reimbursements for travel expenses”
  • Updated instructions on verifying excluded income to accept client statement unless there is inconsistent information

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

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IM-100 FOOD STAMP MANUAL REVISION OF EXCESSIVE SHELTER MAXIMUM

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI

TO: ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES

FROM: PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT: FOOD STAMP MANUAL REVISION OF EXCESSIVE SHELTER MAXIMUM                      

MANUAL REVISION # 69

1115.035.25    

DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this memorandum is to update the excess shelter maximum in the Food Stamp manual from $535.00 to $552.00, as updated during the October 2018 mass adjustment.

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

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IM-99 FOOD STAMP MANUAL REVISION OF UNITED STATES NON-CITIZEN NATIONALS POLICY

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI

TO:  ALL FAMILY SUPPORT OFFICES

FROM: PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT: FOOD STAMP MANUAL REVISION OF UNITED STATES NON-CITIZEN NATIONALS POLICY

MANUAL REVISION #68

1105.010.02

DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this memo is to remove the requirement that an applicant “must state that he/she does not owe allegiance to a foreign state or country” from Food Stamp policy. This is a clarification from Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

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IM-97 SUPPLEMENTAL AID TO THE BLIND AND BLIND PENSION MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNTS

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI

TO:  ALL FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION OFFICES

FROM:  PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  SUPPLEMENTAL AID TO THE BLIND AND BLIND PENSION MAXIMUM GRANT AMOUNTS

DISCUSSION: The purpose of this memorandum is to notify staff there will be no increase in the maximum grant for Supplemental Aid to the Blind (SAB) and Blind Pension (BP) for fiscal year 2020. The maximum grant continues to be $750.00.

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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IM-96 REVISION OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRANT STATUS SECTION OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL AID TO THE BLIND (SAB) MANUAL

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI

TO:  ALL FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION OFFICES

FROM: PATRICK LUEBBERING, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT: REVISION OF CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRANT STATUS SECTION OF THE SUPPLEMENTAL AID TO THE BLIND (SAB) MANUAL

MANUAL REVISION #66

0405.030.00

DISCUSSION:

The purpose of this memo is to inform staff of a revision in SAB manual section 0405.030.00 Citizenship and Immigrant Status. This revision aligns the program with MO HealthNet for Families policy.           

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

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