Application Processing – Excluding Food Stamps and Child Care

0105.040.15 Death after Application

IM-134 November 13, 2017, IM#33 April 20, 2015, IM#73 December 12, 2014

If the applicant dies before a decision is made on a pending application, if possible, complete the application.

Contact a:

  • Relative;
  • Legal guardian, or personal representative;
  • Administrator or executor of the deceased applicant’s estate; or
  • Surviving spouse who has obtained a refusal of letters or who has filed a valid small estate affidavit,

to determine if they are willing and able to furnish the information necessary to establish eligibility. If there is a personal representative, administrator or executor of the estate, obtain documentation of court appointment. I there is a surviving spouse obtain verification of a refusal of letters or valid small estate affidavit.

Send all requests for information, notices, and other correspondence to the applicant’s address, or to the personal representative, administrator or executor of the deceased applicant’s estate, or surviving spouse who has obtained a refusal of letters or who has filed a valid small estate affidavit.

In the event there is no court appointed personal representative, administrator or executor of the deceased applicant’s estate, or surviving spouse who has obtained a refusal of letters or who has filed a valid small estate affidavit and the application was received prior to the applicant’s death, the FSD will follow the application process through to resolution. The FSD will make and document efforts to gather information necessary to determine eligibility on the applicant’s behalf. The application must be rejected if it is not possible to obtain information needed to determine eligibility.

NOTE: Death of an applicant who has appointed an authorized representative to apply on his/her behalf ends the appointment of the authorized representative. If an application is not submitted prior to the death of the applicant an authorized representative may not file the application. However, the authorized representative may assist with an existing application filed prior to the death of the applicant/participant.

NOTE: A deceased person’s application may be approved for MO HealthNet for a time period while they were living. Do not approve a cash grant for a deceased person.