MEMORANDUM

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IM-#87      10/16/08

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES
FAMILY SUPPORT DIVISION
P.O. BOX 2320
JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI
TO:
ALL COUNTY OFFICES
FROM:
JANEL R. LUCK, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT:
CHANGE IN BLIND PENSION CITIZENSHIP VERIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
MANUAL REVISION #32: 0505.040.00

DISCUSSION:

Effective August 28, 2008, House Bill 1549 (2008) added Section 208.009 RSMo that requires participants applying for or receiving state or local public assistance benefits to provide proof of citizenship or alien status in order to receive or continue to receive benefits. This change in the law applies to Blind Pension only because all other categories of public assistance administered by Family Support Division are federal benefits.

Participants applying for or receiving Blind Pension must now provide proof of citizenship. Previously, the participantís declaration of citizenship was acceptable verification. Now documentation of citizenship or eligible alien status must be obtained at application for new participants and at the next reinvestigation completed for active Blind Pension participants for whom citizenship or alien status is not already documented.

To be eligible for Blind Pension, participants must be:

The following individuals are exempt from having to provide documentation of citizenship:

Refer to Section 0110.020.00 for a complete list of acceptable documents to use as verification. These are the same documents used to verify citizenship for all MO HealthNet programs.

Section 0505.040.00 of the Blind Pension Manual is updated.

NECESSARY ACTION:

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