Participants are allowed to designate an individual or organization to act responsibly on their behalf in assisting with the individual’s application, renewal of eligibility, and ongoing communications with the agency. Family Support Division (FSD) refers to these designated individuals or organizations as authorized representatives.
Authorized representative policies are the same for both MO HealthNet for the Aged, Blind, and Disabled (MHABD) and Family MO HealthNet (MAGI).
The MAGI Manual provides:
- the legal references for authorized representatives (see 1801.005.00 Legal Basis)
- guidance (see 1801.010.00 Appointing an Authorized Representative) on:
- naming an authorized representative
- duties and responsibilities for participants and authorized representatives
- designation forms
- organizations as an authorized representative
- other types of representatives
- when a participant has multiple authorized representatives
- an explanation and examples of when an authorized representative can act on the behalf of a member of the household (see 1801.010.10 Appointing an Authorized Representative in a Household with Multiple Adults)
- an explanation and examples of when an adult may be required to appoint another member of the household, such as the head of household, as an authorized representative (see 1801.010.20 Appointing Another Adult Member of the Household as an Authorized Representative)
- information for how long an authorized representative is allowed to represent the participant (see 1801.020.00 Duration of Appointment of Representative)
- information on how a participant can end an authorized representative designation (see 1801.030.00 Revoking an Authorized Representative Appointment)