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Apr 07, 2008

Medicaid applicants and recipients will only be given a single extension of time for providing requested verifications, even if they are making a good faith effort to get the requested items and even if they request additional time

Apr 07, 2008

Effective April 2008, Young adults “aging out” of foster care will remain eligible for Medicaid until they turn 21

Apr 03, 2008

Effective April 2008, DHS will have 90 days to process a Medicaid applications when the applicant’s disability is at issue

Mar 15, 2008

Individuals seeking Medicaid will have longer to spend their retroactive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Social Security (RSDI) benefits under new policy excluding the retroactive awards as being counted as assets for 9 months after they are received, when determining eligibility for “SSI-related Medicaid” (Medicaid for persons who are disabled, blind or elderly (65+) )

Feb 15, 2008

Some low-income workers and recipients of Social Security (Title II), certain veterans’ benefits and certain Railroad Retirement benefits may qualify for economic stimulus payments this year from the federal government.

Feb 12, 2008

Penalties for noncompliance with child support requirements appear to violate state law and policy when triggered by noncompliance of an ineligible grantee or disqualified grantee

Jan 09, 2008

The maximum number of authorized care hours is being decreased from 100 to 90 hours per pay period per child for all CDC providers. The maximum allowable provider billing limits is also being reduced for in-home day care aides, relative care providers, family and group child care homes.

Jan 08, 2008

Applicants and recipients must comply with all requests for action or information needed by DHS to establish paternity and/or obtain child support on behalf of children for whom they receive assistance, unless a claim of good cause for not cooperating has been granted or is pending. In the past, there was no sanction if good cause was not found and that person was ineligible for benefits. New policy states that the entire group will be sanctioned, including FIP cases whose grantee is ineligible or disqualified.

Jan 08, 2008

As of April, 2007, many applicants and recipients have had to produce specific documents to verify their identity and their U.S. citizenship. The Department of Human Services (DHS) has expanded the list of documents it will now accept as verification.

Jan 07, 2008

Limits and allowances for various programs have been changed for 2008

Jan 07, 2008

Limits and allowances for various programs have been changed for 2008

Jan 05, 2008

The cost of living (COLA) increase for benefits in January 2008 is 2.3%. Medicare preimums, patient pay amounts, and State Disability Assistance (SDA) provider pay rates have also increased.

Nov 01, 2007

Enrollment in the AMP/ABW/Plan A will be open December 1, 2007 until enrollment is filled.

Oct 12, 2007

Effective August 25th, active FIP, SDA, and FAP Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) accounts: may be accessed for up to 365 days without becoming dormant; are issued based on the recipient’s ID number; and are automatically issued for grantee changes or new openings not previously issued for grantee’s recipient ID number.

Oct 06, 2007

Beginning October 1, 2007, DHS FIP is limited to 48 months in an individual’s lifetime, but only certain months are counted and an extension may be available