Family MO HealthNet (MAGI) Manual

1802.020.45 Signing on Behalf of a Deceased Applicant

IM-#79, December 28, 2018, IM-#134, November 14, 2017

If the applicant is deceased, the application must be signed by a court appointed personal representative, administrator or executor of the deceased applicant’s estate, or a surviving spouse who has obtained a refusal of letters or has filed a valid small estate affidavit.

EXCEPTION:  A legal representative may file a small estate affidavit to sign an application on behalf of the deceased.

NOTE:  If the applicant’s date of death occurred before the prior quarter period (the three months immediately before the month of application) the application will be rejected.

Obtain documentation of appointment as administrator or executor of the estate. Add the court appointed administrator or executor of the deceased applicant’s estate as per current MEDES procedure.

NOTE:  When an applicant is deceased, a relative, legal guardian, or conservator cannot appoint another person or agency to be an authorized representative for the applicant. The court appointed personal representative, administrator, or executor of the estate may appoint an authorized representative. See Authorized Representative(s) below and Income Maintenance Manual section 0803.020.00 Authorized Representative(s) for MO HealthNet,

See Income Maintenance Manual sections 1802.020.50.05 Death after Application and 1802.020.50.10 Application for Deceased Persons for more information.