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Issue Alert - 03-03-06

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Date:

Apr 01, 2003

Issue Summary:

Family Independence Agency (FIA) policy now states that a child's eligibility for Healthy Kids Medicaid continues until redetermination unless the child reaches age 19, moves out of the state, becomes ineligible due to "institutional status" or dies.

Persons Affected:

Healthy Kids Medicaid recipients.


Background

Healthy Kids Medicaid

What's Happening?

FIA policy now specifies that children who receive Healthy Kids Medicaid have "ongoing eligibility." This means that children who receive Healthy Kids Medicaid should continue to be eligible for Medicaid between certification periods unless the child turns age 19, moves out of Michigan, gains "institutional status" or dies. This policy explicitly states that these are the only situations that make a child ineligible for Healthy Kids Medicaid between certification periods. Children who receive Healthy Kids Medicaid should not be cut off between certification periods based on information that a caseworker obtains for purposes of another program nor should children be cut off of Healthy Kids Medicaid when the family is sanctioned for Family Independence Program (FIP) cash assistance.

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should be aware of this new policy and share it with their clients. They should refer to this policy at hearings or when talking with caseworkers if their clients' children have been incorrectly cut off of Healthy Kids Medicaid between certification periods.

What Should Clients Do?

Clients should be aware that their children should only be cut off of Healthy Kids Medicaid between certification periods if the child turns 19, moves out of Michigan, gains "institutional status," or dies. If their children have been cut off of Healthy Kids Medicaid between certification periods for a reason other than those listed above, clients should contact their caseworker's supervisor or request a hearing and seek legal advice.

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 LawHelp website (http://www.MI.LawHelp.org) or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738