Applications for QMB benefits must be processed within 45 days from the date of application, except in unusual circumstances. In no instance is the QMB application to be held pending the approval of any other type of assistance.
EXAMPLE: Ms. Quimby applies for MA and QMB coverage on July 5, 1991. She is a resident of a nursing facility, therefore, the worker must receive DA-124 information for level of care certification prior to MA approval. On July 30, the worker receives all necessary verification except the DA-124 information. Although the MA application cannot be completed, the worker must make a decision on the QMB application.