RSMo 208.015 provides that: “. . . Persons receiving General Relief in December 1973 and who qualify for Supplemental Security Income shall continue to receive a General Relief grant if necessary to prevent a reduction in total cash income received by such person in December 1973, which General Relief grant shall not exceed the amount of General Relief provided by law.”
Persons who received a GR cash grant in December 1973 and are subsequently approved for SSI payments, continue to receive a grant as long as:
- eligibility for SSI continues; and
- the SSI payment and other income is less than the claimant’s December 1973 EIL.
These recipients are classified as SSI-SP cases, but continue to carry a GR case number. Although these cases are classified as SSI-SP, adjust the grants as income changes. There is NO non-reduction clause on these cases. The SP grant cannot exceed $70. The SP grant and all other income cannot exceed the December 1973 EIL.
NOTE: In GR cases involving a single payee with multiple recipients, divide the December 1973 GR grant equally among the recipients in computing the income for the EIL determination.
When GR (SSI-SP) claimants lose eligibility, determine continued eligibility for GR. If a GR claimant is ineligible for SSI because of income [Reg. 40-2.140(5)(A)(B)] or refusal to cooperate with SSI, the claimant is also ineligible for GR, and the case must be closed.
If the claimant’s SSI payment plus other income meets or exceeds the December 1973 EIL, close the GR. To receive continued Title XIX coverage, the claimant must apply and be eligible for MA.
These cases may not have an SP-Only classification. If the claimant cannot be legitimately classified as SSI-SP or as a regular GR case, close the GR case.
Once the claimant loses (GR) SSI-SP status, it cannot be regained.
Although reinvestigations are not required on these cases, verify that the claimant continues to be eligible for SSI.