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Date Summary
Apr 10, 2009

The Department of Human Services (DHS) will now accept faxed hearing requests

Apr 01, 2009

$25 per week in Unemployment Insurance benefits must be disregarded in determining Medicaid eligibility and deductible (spenddown) amounts

Mar 25, 2009

SSA has issued a series of eight Social Security Rulings (SSRs) that provide policy interpretations and consolidate policy information regarding the determination of SSI childhood disability.

Mar 02, 2009

Enrollment in the AMP/ABW/Plan A will be open March 1, 2009 through May 31, 2009

Jan 09, 2009

Steps for processing hearing requests have been updated.

Jan 09, 2009

The cost of living (COLA) increase for benefits in January 2009 is 5.8%. Medicare premiums, patient pay amounts, and State Disability Assistance (SDA) provider pay rates have also increased.

Jan 01, 2009

Federal poverty levels have been increased, but Michigan’s Medicaid income limits based on the poverty level have not increased yet and Social Security recipients may lose Medicaid, MIChild, and Medicare Savings Program eligibility because of Social Security cost of living adjustments (COLA)

Nov 20, 2008

Department of Treasury is illegally garnishing payments owed to child day care aides and home help workers

Nov 19, 2008

DHS has issued an interim policy bulletin regarding Medicaid reimbursement to recipients for bills they incur (and pay) before they win Medicaid, which partially implements a federal court decision

Oct 15, 2008

DHS has revised its policy on exemptions from Jobs Education Training (JET) requirements for parents or caretakers who are caring for a spouse or child with disabilities

Oct 15, 2008

DHS has revised its policy on exemptions from Jobs Education Training (JET) requirements for persons with disabilities. Revised policy exempts three new groups of persons with disabilities and requires caseworkers to review the medical packet and MRT decision to identify reasonable accommodations .

Oct 15, 2008

Policy on avoiding disqualification penalties for first noncompliance with work- or self-sufficiency-related activities has been clarified effective October 2008

Oct 15, 2008

Effective October 1, 2008, 3- and 12-month disqualifications no longer are imposed on certain families on FIP, but the families may be receive a FIP denial or termination for failure to complete a Family Automated Screening Tool (FAST) or Family Self-sufficiency Plan (FSSP)

Oct 12, 2008

Parents and kinship caregivers may be disqualified from receiving FIP for one month if they fail to report that a child in their care has been or is expected to be absent for 30 days or more, within 5 days after it becomes clear that the absence will exceed 29 days

Oct 10, 2008

DHS has increased the monthly amounts for FIP and SDA