IM-125 11/18/97 HEALTH INSURANCE
PREMIUM PAYMENT (HIPP)
FORMS MANUAL REVISION #25: HIPP-1
|HEALTH INSURANCE PREMIUM PAYMENT (HIPP)
FORMS MANUAL REVISION #25: HIPP-1
|The Health Insurance Premium Payment (HIPP)
program is a Medicaid program that pays for the cost of health insurance
premiums, coinsurance's, and deductibles. The Division of Medical
Services (DMS) pays for the cost of enrolling an eligible Medicaid recipient
in a group health insurance plan when they determine it is cost effective
to do so. This is in accordance with Section 1906 of the Social Security
Act. Division of Family Service staff will determine who may apply
for HIPP, initiate the HIPP application, and report changes affecting HIPP
to DMS. This memorandum provides policy for the HIPP Program and
authorization to begin using the HIPP-1's initially distributed to county
offices in August 1995.
WHO MAY APPLY FOR HIPP
Effective immediately, all Medicaid applicants, Medicaid recipients being reinvestigated, or Medicaid recipients reporting changes in employment MUST be evaluated for HIPP. Applicants or recipients (excluding spenddown clients) must apply for HIPP if the following criteria are met:
Individuals can choose to apply for the HIPP program if they or a member of their household are applying for Medicaid or are Medicaid-eligible and have health insurance available from sources other than employers (personal policies, credit unions, church affiliations, membership in organizations, etc.). If DMS determines the health insurance plan is cost effective, Medicaid will pay the premium.
If a Medical Assistance spenddown client inquires about the HIPP program and indicates a diagnosis of HIV+/AIDS, complete the HIPP application and submit to DMS. DMS has a separate formula for determining HIPP eligibility for these applicants. All other MA spenddown clients are not eligible for HIPP.
HIPP APPLICATION PROCESS
Have the client complete the HIPP-1 using the instructions on the back of the form. The caseworker should provide assistance completing the HIPP-1 if needed. Mail the original HIPP-1 to the HIPP section of Division of Medical Services, P.O. Box 6500, Jefferson City, Missouri 65102-6500 as soon as it is completed. Give a copy to the client and file a copy in the case record. Request the client provide a copy of the insurance policy booklet, summary plan description, employee handbook, enrollment materials, schedule of benefits or summary of coverage that describes the policy as eligibility for the HIPP program cannot be established without this information. While not required, copies of premium notices and all applicable insurance cards expedite processing the application if available. Upon receipt of this information forward it to the above address.
If a mandatory applicant fails to complete the HIPP-1, the caseworker should complete the application with the best information available. The unsigned HIPP application should be sent to the HIPP section of Division of Medical Services to alert them to the possibility of health insurance benefits. DMS staff are responsible for determining if further contact with the applicant in regard to eligibility for HIPP is necessary.
An initial supply of HIPP-1's was sent to county offices in August 1995. An additional supply of these forms may be obtained by contacting the warehouse. The HIPP-1 is being revised and the new supply will be carboned with original to be mailed to the HIPP Section, a copy for the client and a copy for the case file. The HIPP Section address and phone number will be included on the revised form. Additionally, DMS is producing a HIPP Pamphlet that will be available in the future for distribution to HIPP applicants.
To determine the status of a HIPP application, access the HIPP application inquiry screen (MAHI). To access this screen, enter MHAI and the policyholder's social security number. In the Code Field you will find the status of the HIPP application. It will reflect pending, approved, or denied. The third party resource screen (MTPR) will reflect HIPP in the Source Code Field if DMS has approved the applicant for HIPP. Inquiries concerning HIPP applications should be referred to the HIPP Section, P.O. Box 6500, Jefferson City, MO 65102-6500, telephone number (573)751-2005.
Failure to cooperate by a mandatory HIPP applicant could result in loss of eligibility for Medicaid for applicants, recipients, parents, guardians, or caretakers. Failure to cooperate is defined as: (1) refusal to complete the application; (2) failure to provide information necessary to determine availability and cost-effectiveness of group health insurance; (3) refusal to enroll in a group plan which is available and determined cost effective by Division of Medical Services; (4) or dropping a health insurance plan that was considered cost effective. Division of Medical Services is responsible for all non-cooperation determinations and will notify DFS if non-cooperation has occurred. If the county office receives a notice of non-cooperation from Division of Medical Services, contact IM Program and Policy in State Office for further instruction.
Medicaid benefits of a child may not be denied or terminated due to the failure of the parent, guardian, or caretaker to cooperate. Additionally, the Medicaid benefits of the spouse of the employed person may not be denied or terminated due to the employed person's failure to cooperate when the spouse cannot enroll in the plan independently of the employed person.
HIPP clients are required to report any changes in their health insurance coverage within ten days of the change. Changes that should be reported include:
DIVISION OF MEDICAL SERVICES ROLE
DMS will contact employers and past employers upon receipt of the HIPP-1 form if inadequate information has been received to determine if the insurance available is cost effective. When DMS receives an application (HIPP-1) the following steps are taken:
COPIES OF ALL NOTICES SENT BY DMS TO THE CASEHEAD/POLICYHOLDER WILL BE SENT TO THE CURRENT COUNTY CASEWORKER LISTED ON IPAR. DMS CORRESPONDENCE LISTS THE HIPP WORKER AND PHONE NUMBER. REFER CLIENTS TO THEIR HIPP WORKER WITH QUESTIONS CONCERNING THEIR HIPP ELIGIBILITY AND PREMIUM PAYMENTS.
Notice of appeal and hearing rights are provided for by the Division of Medical Services. If an applicant for HIPP contacts the county office to request a hearing concerning their HIPP eligibility, refer them to the HIPP Section at 573-751-2005 or take the information and contact the HIPP Section to advise of the request for a hearing.
PREMIUM PAYMENT INFORMATION
The effective date of premium payment for the HIPP program is determined as follows: premium payments for cost effective health insurance plans shall begin with the month the HIPP program application is received by the HIPP Section, or the effective date of eligibility, whichever is later. If the person is not currently enrolled in the cost-effective health insurance plan, premium payments shall begin in the month in which the first premium payment is due after enrollment occurs.
Whenever possible the HIPP Program will pay the premiums directly to the insurance company. If the premium is deducted from the policyholder's pay check, HIPP will pay the employer. If the employer does not agree, the HIPP Program will reimburse the policyholder directly for the payroll deductions made for health insurance. DMS will coordinate with the client for any reimbursement of HIPP premiums, copays, and /or deductibles. Any inquiries concerning these issues should be referred to the HIPP Section at (573)751-2005.
Premiums will not be paid for health insurance plans under any of the following circumstances:
Payment of HIPP premiums will be discontinued when all Medicaid eligible members covered under the health plan lose Medicaid eligibility. The last HIPP payment will be for the last month of Medicaid eligibility. When only some of the Medicaid eligible members covered under the health insurance plan lose Medicaid eligibility, a review will be completed to ascertain whether payment of the health insurance premium continues to be cost effective.