IM-84 MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE INCREASE FOR ALL INCOME MAINTANENCE (IM) PROGRAMS

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT RATE INCREASE FOR ALL INCOME MAINTANENCE (IM) PROGRAMS

MANUAL REVISION #
APPENDIX J

 

DISCUSSION:

The state mileage rate used to calculate expenses for all IM programs increased from $.43 per mile to $.49 per mile effective 07/01/2021. Use the rate of $.49 per mile when calculating mileage expenses.

Eligibility system updates were completed on 07/21/2021 to reflect the rate increase. Appendix J of the MO HealthNet for the Aged, Blind and Disabled manual has been updated to reflect the change.

Note: Final approval for the increased rate was received after July benefits were created. Affected cases have been adjusted to reflect this change for July 2021 and notices will be generated.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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IM-83 APPLICATIONS SIGNED BY A RELATIVE REQUESTING MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED (MHABD) BENEFITS

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  APPLICATIONS SIGNED BY A RELATIVE REQUESTING MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED (MHABD) BENEFITS

MANUAL REVISION #
0105.010.00

 

DISCUSSION:

Section 0105.010.00 SIGNING THE APPLICATION of the General Information Manual was updated to specify that a relative is a person aged 18 years or older who is related to the applicant biologically, by marriage, or by adoption.

This is consistent with Family MO HealthNet (MAGI) Manual, 1802.020.00 SIGNING THE APPLICATION.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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IM-82 SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) IM-210 FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS REVISED

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) IM-210 FORM AND INSTRUCTIONS REVISED

FORM REVISION #
Report of SNAP Quality Control Review (IM-210)
Instructions for Completing the IM-210

 

DISCUSSION:

The Report of SNAP Quality Control Review form (IM-210) and Instructions have been updated. The updated form revises Food Stamps to SNAP, job title terms and time frames. The revised form is currently available in the IM Forms Manual.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.
  • Destroy all previous paper versions of the IM-210 and immediately begin using this version.

 

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IM-81 RESUME SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) RECERTIFICATION INTERVIEWS

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  RESUME SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) RECERTIFICATION INTERVIEWS

 

DISCUSSION:

The Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) option to waive SNAP recertification interviews has ended. SNAP recertification interviews resumed August 1, 2021.

NOTE:  Continue to waive recertification interviews for households in which all adult (18 and over) members are disabled or elderly, no household member has earned income, and there are no changes in circumstances. Use the SNAP Recertification Interview Decision Chart when determining if an interview is necessary.

Recertification applications that are pending when interviews resume (received prior to August 1, 2021) will be waived.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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IM-80 MANUAL SECTIONS REVISED TO ONLY INCLUDE THE ESTATE RECOVERY INFORMATION NECESSARY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED (MHABD) PROGRAMS

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  MANUAL SECTIONS REVISED TO ONLY INCLUDE THE ESTATE RECOVERY INFORMATION NECESSARY FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED (MHABD) PROGRAMS

MANUAL REVISION #

0880.005.00
1025.015.04.01

 

DISCUSSION:

Revisions have been made to the Estate Recovery section in 0880.005.00 of the MHABD Manual, and the December 1973 Eligibility Requirements Manual section 1025.015.04.01 on Special Needs Trusts, Supplemental Needs Trusts, and Pooled Trusts.

These sections have been updated to remove the descriptive stipulations surrounding when the MO HealthNet Division (MHD) Cost Recovery Unit will or will not file an estate recovery claim against the estate of an MHABD recipient or former recipient. This information is not necessary or required in order for Family Support Division (FSD) staff to determine eligibility for MHABD programs. Estate Recovery section 0880.005.00, has also been revised to include the current email address for the MHD Cost Recovery Unit, as listed below.

As a reminder, staff are prohibited from providing any financial planning advice to participants, authorized representatives, attorneys, or legal guardians. Estate recovery is a legal matter that is managed and overseen exclusively by the MHD Cost Recovery Unit. Participants and/or representatives must be directed to contact MHD directly for assistance, and information regarding estate recovery regulations, processes, and procedures:

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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IM-79 EXPIRATION OF COVID-19 VERIFICATION FLEXIBILITIES FOR SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP), TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE (TA) AND CHILD CARE (CC)

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  EXPIRATION OF COVID-19 VERIFICATION FLEXIBILITIES FOR SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP), TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE (TA) AND CHILD CARE (CC)

 

DISCUSSION:

During COVID-19 staff were allowed to provide flexibilities while working with participants to obtain verifications introduced in memo, IM-22 COVID-19 Verification for Food Stamps (FS), Temporary Assistance (TA) and Child Care (CC), dated 3/27/2020.

Beginning August 1, 2021, participants will be required to meet verification eligibility requirements as flexibilities will no longer be adequate when determining eligibility.

Discontinue using Collateral Contact (CC) to prevent cases from pending for verification that was not easily obtained. Instead, process requests for verifications and pending verifications according to pre-COVID-19 requirements.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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IM-78 OBSOLETE FORMS REMOVED FROM DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS) FORMS MANUAL AND INCOME MAINTENANCE (IM) FORMS MANUAL

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  OBSOLETE FORMS REMOVED FROM DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS) FORMS MANUAL AND INCOME MAINTENANCE (IM) FORMS MANUAL

 

DISCUSSION:

The DSS Manuals IM Forms Manual (public site) and FSD Intranet IM Forms Manual (internal site) have both been updated to remove forms that are obsolete and no longer to be used by Family Support Division (FSD) staff.

Obsolete forms that were removed:

DOI-1 

Referral for Investigation

IM-1

Application for Benefits

IM-2

Application for Benefits

IM-2

Mod Adult Adult Supplement – Spanish

IM-209

Case Reading Form

IM-23

Client Services Postcard

IM-2C

Expenses of Producing Income – Spanish

IM-2U

Eligibility Recording Form

IM-30C

Explanation of Financial Eligibility

IM-30IBCA

Income Maintenance Budget (IBCA)

IM-31A MC+

MC+ Request for Information

IM-32MC

MC+ Approval Notice (Non-premium groups)

IM-32MPW

MC+ for Pregnant Women Approval Notice

IM-32PRM

MC+ Approval Notice (Premium Group)

IM-32QMB

Notice of Approval

IM-32SLMB

Notice of Approval

IM-33A

Notice of Temporary Assistance/Food Stamp Case Action

IM-33MAF

MAF Notice of Case Action

IM-33MC

MC+ Notice of Denial

IM-33MCC

MC+ Notice of Action

IM-34

Change of Status Summary

IM-35

Identification Data Form

IM-36

Vital Statistics Form

IM-37

Insurance Form

IM-38

IM-2 Recording Worksheet

IM-3A

Reinvestigation Notice

IM-4 MA

Information about your Medical Assistance

IM-42

Inter-county Transfer

IM-42A

County Transfer Letter

IM-80MC

MC+ Advance Action Notice

PC-1

Presumptive Eligibility Determination

PC-2

MO HealthNet for Kids Presumptive Eligibility Determination

SPNDDOWN

Spend Down Calculation Document

 

Audit Document Request Form

 

Flow Chart for Pregnant Women Applications

 

Affidavit of Disaster Loss

 

Case Manager Performance Plan

 

Case Worker Performance Plan

 

Program Improvement Plan

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.
  • Discontinue use of any forms shown.
  • Discard any unused forms shown if paper copies are being stored.

 

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IM-77 COMMON LAW MARRIAGE UPDATE FOR ALL INCOME MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  COMMON LAW MARRIAGE UPDATE FOR ALL INCOME MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS

MANUAL REVISION #
1100.010.00
1105.015.04.15
0205.025.00
1805.030.10.07
1013.000.00

 

DISCUSSION:

If a common law marriage was established in another state, each partner is considered a spouse in Missouri. Common law marriages cannot be initiated in Missouri.

EXAMPLE: Edward and Ana state they are common law spouses. Their marriage began in Kansas, where common law marriages can be established. Consider them spouses for eligibility purposes.

The following manual sections have been updated or created to reflect this information:

Child Care will continue to follow Temporary Assistance policy for specified relatives. Refer to 2010.010.00 Relationship of the Applicant to the Child for more information.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.
  • Send questions regarding common law marriages through normal supervisory channels.

 

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IM-76 TAX CREDIT CHANGES RESULTING FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) OF 2021

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  TAX CREDIT CHANGES RESULTING FROM THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN ACT (ARPA) OF 2021

 

DISCUSSION:

The ARPA modified the provisions of several commonly used tax credits. Most of the changes are in effect only for 2021. The following tax credits are refundable, meaning the credit amount can be paid directly to the tax filer if his/her tax liability is $0.

 

Child Tax Credit (CTC) Earned Income Credit (EIC) Child and Dependent Care Credit
A credit increase to $3600 for qualifying children ages 0-5; $3000 for children ages 6 through 17. The minimum age to qualify for the EIC is lowered to 19 and the maximum age is removed. The maximum amount of this credit increased to $6000 for one child and $16,000 for two or more children.
One-half of the estimated CTC amount is payable to parents in advance monthly payments starting in July 2021; the other half will be issued as part of 2021 tax refunds. The maximum income for an earner without children is increased to $9820.  
Tax filers will be able to opt out of the advance monthly payments. Some married filers may be treated as unmarried filers in certain circumstances.  

 

Do not count advance monthly payments or lump sum refunds of a refundable tax credit as income or a resource for Income Maintenance programs. For programs that consider resources, count tax credit funds remaining after 12 months as a resource.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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IM-75 REVISION TO SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER SECTIONS IN THE FAMILY MO HEALTHNET (MAGI) AND MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED (MHABD), DECEMBER 1973 REQUIREMENTS MANUAL

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  REVISION TO SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER SECTIONS IN THE FAMILY MO HEALTHNET (MAGI) AND MO HEALTHNET FOR THE AGED, BLIND, AND DISABLED (MHABD), DECEMBER 1973 REQUIREMENTS MANUAL

MANUAL REVISION #
1805.015.00
1005.010.00

 

DISCUSSION:

Additional exceptions have been added to the Social Security Number (SSN) requirements for MO HealthNet. Per 42 CFR 435.910(h)(1), an exemption to provide an SSN may be granted to a participant who:

  • is not eligible to receive a SSN or
  • does not have an SSN and may only be issued an SSN for a valid non-work reason in accordance with 20 CFR 422.10

In the eligibility system, record details regarding the exemption that was granted.

Section 1805.015.00 Social Security Number in the MAGI manual and section 1005.010.00 Social Security Number (OAA, AB, PTD) in the MHABD December 1973 Requirements manual have been updated to reflect the additional exceptions.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

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