This section describes eligibility requirements for persons applying for or participating in the MO HealthNet for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (MHABD), Supplemental Nursing Care (SNC) programs or Supplemental Payment (SP) programs (conversion cases.)
These programs were designed to address specialized needs that were not met by the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, which became effective January 1, 1974.
The law required any State that wished to establish a Medicaid program and that had to establish a Supplemental Payments (SP) program could use eligibility criteria no more restrictive than the criteria in effect for all its adult programs as of January, 1972. The January 1972 eligibility criteria for Old Age Assistance (OAA), Aid to the Permanently and Totally Disabled (PTD), and Aid to the Blind (AB) had not changed in Missouri by December 1973 when transition to the SSI program occurred. Therefore, in Missouri, the eligibility requirements for the MHABD, SNC, and the mandatory SP programs are referred to as the December 1973 OAA, PTD, and AB eligibility factors.
The law prohibits States from imposing eligibility requirements more restrictive than those in effect in January 1972; however, States can establish less restrictive requirements within the scope of existing SSI criteria.