Children in out-of-home care are eligible for MM/DSP if they are in the custody of CD. Guidelines established by the MO HealthNet Division (MHD) determine which medical services are eligible for payment and at what rate. Staff should use this program whenever possible to provide a child with medical care. HCY services are available through this program.
Section 6036 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 section 1903 of the Social Security Act requires that states obtain satisfactory documentation of citizenship in order to receive MO HealthNet benefits. States must obtain documents establishing identity and citizenship for new applicants and recipients for all categories of MO HealthNet.
For all children coming into Division custody after July 1, 2006, and for all eligibility re-determinations, the Children’s Service Workers will provide the Eligibility Specialist with a copy of the court order and if available documentation of identity and citizenship, preferably a copy of the child’s birth certificate. (Original birth certificates will remain in the child’s file.)
If documentation is not available the Children’s Service Worker will begin the process of collecting the appropriate documentation immediately and when obtained forward copies to the Eligibility Specialist. The Children’s Service worker will presume all children coming into care as eligible for MO HealthNet, however if the worker is not able to collect the proper documentation, it will be the responsibility of the Eligibility Specialist to make that determination and put the proper coding on the SS-61. The Eligibility Specialist may request the Children’s Service Worker to collect particular documentation during the certification or re-certification process.
The citizenship and identification verification process is also applicable for children eligible for MO HealthNet who were referred to the Division for adoption subsidy by outside adoption agencies.