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Jan 03, 2005

Money deposited into a special Educational Savings Plan account (529 college savings plan) are not countable assets. PEM 400.

Jan 03, 2005

New Family Independence Agency (FIA) policy on State Emergency Relief (SER) disqualifications based on failure to pursue “potential resources” appears to be unlawful

Jan 03, 2005

Individuals will no longer be disqualified from receiving State Emergency Relief (SER) because they are serving a disqualification for fraud or Intentional Program Violation (IPV) under other programs including Food Assistance Program (food stamps), Family Independence Program (FIP), or Medicaid.

Dec 22, 2004

Enrollment in the Adult Medical Program (AMP) and County Health Plans is "unfrozen" for one month only -- January 1, 2005 through January 31, 2005

Dec 21, 2004

Effective January 1, 2005: MORE INCREASES IN MEDICAID PRESCRIPTION CO-PAYMENTS for some recipients. Michigan appears to be violating federal law by instructing pharmacies that they may refuse services to recipients who fail to pay a co-payment and by failing to inform recipients about their right to receive services even if they are unable to pay the co-payment.

Dec 17, 2004

FIA received a grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission to help restore service for FIA clients whose energy accounts have been closed because of non-payment

Dec 06, 2004

FIA issued a policy on how they will handle medical deductions for seniors receiving the Medicare prescription discount card.

Nov 18, 2004

Beginning October 1st, Food stamp standard and shelter deductions have increased as have food stamp amounts

Oct 29, 2004

Medicaid prescription co-payments are increasing for some recipients, for some types of medications. Michigan appears to be violating federal law by failing to inform recipients about their right to receive services even if they are unable to pay the co-payment, and by instructing pharmacies that they may refuse services to recipients who fail to pay a co-payment.

Oct 21, 2004

Recipients and their Authorized Representatives can be found responsible for an Intentional Program Violation (IPV) by and Admininstrative Law Judge (ALJ) conducting an IPV or Debt Establishment Hearing

Oct 21, 2004

Shelter or heat utility expenses should not be prorated even if the expense is shared by other household members.

Oct 21, 2004

Local offices must assist customers who need an interpreter.

Oct 13, 2004

The residency requirement for Medicaid has been more clearly defined.

Oct 08, 2004

The Food Assistance Program $50 reimbursement has been expanded.

Oct 07, 2004

Clarification on self-employment