M E M O R A N D U M
IM-140 09/18/00 UTILITY
STANDARD AND ADJUSTMENT OF VENDOR CASES
|UTILITY STANDARD AND ADJUSTMENT OF VENDOR
|Effective October, 2000, the utility standard
will increase from $195 to $202 for Food Stamps and for determining allotments
for community spouses shown on vendor nursing home cases. A separate
memo will explain how the increase will be implemented for Food Stamp
cases. This memo applies only to vendor cases. Only a small
portion of vendor cases will actually show a change in the allotment and
surplus because of the new utility standard. Therefore, this adjustment
will not be handled in state office. State Office will list cases
which appear to be immediately affected and send the lists to the appropriate
counties and loads.
A case will appear on this list if it meets
the following criteria:
Send an IM-62 to the claimant, relative or
guardian and the facility, on any adjusted case. No listing
of surplus changes or cases subject to immediate adjustment will be produced
by state office for the nursing facilities. This adjustment should
not result in any adverse actions, unless combined with other adjustments
you may need to make.
The case is active at the time the listing
The case has a community spouse;
The community spouse claims the utility standard;
The maximum allotment is not coded "H" or
The shelter expense is within the range that
affects the maximum allotment after the utility standard increase is figured
in. If a case is incorrectly coded it should be adjusted, even though not
appearing on a list.
Vendor cases with community spouses will
not be listed for adjustment if:
These cases should be adjusted when other
case activity occurs.
Shelter expenses are so low that there is
no excess shelter expense even with the adjustment; or
Shelter expenses are so high that the maximum
allotment is already at $2103.00
Use the new utility standard for all allotment
determinations effective for October, 2000, and later.
Review this memorandum with all appropriate
Adjust any vendor cases on the above-described
listings. Adjust other cases as necessary due to the change in utility
standard. Send proper notification.
Adjust other vendor cases, with community
spouses, as case actions are needed.
Use $202 as the utility standard for all allotment
determinations for October, 2000 and later
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