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Issue Alert - 02-09-06

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Date:

Oct 01, 2002

Issue Summary:

FIA has clarified that a person’s failure or refusal to provide a Social Security number, Child Support information, or Third Party Resource Liability is not considered to be “refusing information necessary to determine LIF eligibility.”

Persons Affected:

LIF applicants


Background

Low-Income Family Medicaid (LIF)

What's Happening?

FIA has clarified that if any LIF member fails to provide FIA with his or her Social Security number, Child Support information (for example, the identify of the absent parent for a child), or Third Party Resource Liability information ( who may owe that person money), this failure or refusal must not be considered “a refusal to provide necessary information to determine the group’s LIF eligibility.” As a result, the family’s LIF application should not be denied based on that lack of information. FIA will however, count the income of the person who did not provide this information, and will apply other penalties based on that person’s failure to cooperate.

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should advise clients who have been denied LIF based on a group member’s failure to provide the information listed above to request a hearing and seek legal advice or reapply for LIF. This information may be particularly important for households that include undocumented non-citizens.

What Should Clients Do?

Clients who have been denied LIF due to a household member’s failure to provide the information listed above should request a hearing and seek legal advice or reapply for LIF.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services office handle these type of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan Legal Assistance Network website (http://www.mlan.net/locate.html) or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738