IM-48 03/20/00 REVIEW OF CLOSED TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE CASES
|REVIEW OF CLOSED TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE CASES|
January 14, 2000, informed staff of a mailing of MC+ applications to
all households that had received Temporary Assistance in the last fourteen
months but were not receiving MC+ at this time. The letter encouraged
families to apply for MC+.
Any of these families that reapply must
have the previous closing reviewed by a supervisor to determine if it was
correct. This review does not have to be completed prior to the
determination of current eligibility. It is important to remember
that when a Medical Assistance for Families (with or without cash) case
becomes ineligible, that eligibility for other family healthcare programs
be explored. Families should always be placed in the category
that provides them the best coverage.
Upon receipt of an MC+ application from one of these families, determine current eligibility as quickly as possible. If the previous record is available, review it to determine if eligibility for all family healthcare programs was explored prior to the closing. If the case was closed in error, cancel close or IAPP the correct family healthcare program. The coverage should be backdated to the date of termination. If the family was not eligible at the time the Temporary Assistance case was closed, process the MC+ application following normal procedures.
Cases determined to have been incorrectly closed must be reinstated to the category they qualified for at that time. In some cases they may not currently meet the income guidelines for that coverage. For example:
A family now has earned income that would place the children in the CHIP group and make the parents ineligible. However, you determine at the time of the closing they should have remained open for MAF. The earned income is from a job that began after the original closing. This would have allowed them to receive TMA if the MAF had not been incorrectly closed.
A report will be generated in March, 2000 and April, 2000 of the cases that reapplied for MAF or MC+. First line Supervisors are to review each case listed to see if the previous closing was correct, and that medical coverage dates and categories are correct. If there are any dates of coverage that the system will not accept, due to the application date, please e-mail Melinda Sheppard, in IM Program and Policy at SHEPOMY. Include an explanation for the dates coverage is requested. A copy of the report, explaining the review findings, must be returned to Ms. Sheppard within 30 days of the date on the report.