Family MO HealthNet (MAGI) Manual

1830.020.00 Prior Quarter (PQ)

IM-117 November 15, 2021

Eligibility determinations for PQ (also known as retroactive) coverage are separate from the eligibility determination for the month of application. Eligibility determination for each PQ month is completed individually.

NOTE: The individual DOES NOT have to be eligible in the month of application to be eligible for PQ benefits.

The effective dates of PQ benefits can be no earlier than the first day of the third month prior to the month of application.

To be eligible for PQ, an individual must meet the criteria listed below for each month of prior quarter.

  1. Resident of Missouri (self-attestation)
  2. Citizenship/Immigrant Status
  3. Income eligible
  4. Attest to having unpaid bills for a PQ month
  5. Social Security Number
  6. Tax Filing Status (self-attestation) and Tax relationship
  7. Pregnant if requesting PQ for MPW

NOTE: Each PQ month has its own independent evidence for the following: PQ Income, PQ Deductions, and PQ Medical Bills.

The start date of the PQ specific evidence will be the first day of that individual month and the end date will be the last day of that individual month.  All other evidence will be backdated by the system to the first day of the earliest PQ month.

Determine income for PQ months using the same methodology as the month of application. These guidelines are in manual section 1805.030.00 Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) Methodology.

When completing income budget(s) for PQ months, use reasonable compatibility (RC) to confirm the self-attestation of income in each month. Please refer to manual section 1808.030.15 Reasonable Compatibility for more information on RC.

Use electronic data sources when available to verify attested information. If evidence cannot be verified electronically or by existing case information, staff should attempt to contact the participant by phone prior to sending an IM-31A. Allow 10 days for the individual to provide the requested information.

  • If the individual returns the information, make an eligibility determination based on the information provided.
  • If the individual fails to provide the requested information within the 10 day IM-31A timeframe, PQ is rejected for all three months for Failure to Cooperate.

EXAMPLE: Sue applied for benefits for her son, Austin, in July. She requested PQ coverage for April, May and June. Because Sue’s income statement was not reasonably compatible for May, and staff were not able to contact her by phone, an IM-31A was sent. Sue failed to provide the requested information within the 10 day IM-31A timeframe. All PQ months, April, May and June, were rejected for Failure to Cooperate. Since she provided all of the other necessary information, a determination can be made for the application month and ongoing coverage.

The individual may apply or reapply for PQ for up to one year after the application date. They may apply for PQ in person, by telephone, or in writing.If it is a reapplication, only request the unverified information from the previous application for PQ.

EXAMPLE: Sue returns in December and requests that PQ for her son be explored again for April, May and June. Sue is provided with the IM-31A and given 10 days to provide the outstanding income information from May that was previously requested and not provided.

Reasonable Opportunity is not allowed for PQ months. If citizenship is not provided at application and the individual goes into their 90 day Reasonable Opportunity period, reject PQ for citizenship. If the individual provides citizenship verification within the 90 day Reasonable Opportunity period, reopen the PQ application and run a determination if all the evidence has been verified.

PQ for MO HealthNet for Pregnant Women (MPW) is treated differently.  Review policy on PQ for MPW applications, 1850.030.00 PRIOR QUARTER (PQ) AND MONTH OF APPLICATION ELIGIBILITY.