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Date Summary
Jun 17, 2013 Requests for hearings in all programs must be scheduled unless the authorized hearing representative or if none, the client, signs a written withdrawal
Jun 17, 2013 DHS has issued new interview requirements for FAP applicants and recipients with expenses that exceed income, and allowed interviews to be waived for some FIP applicants and member adds
Jun 13, 2013 Unlicensed provider applications are now processed at the Michigan Department of Education, job searching is an “approved activity” only if it is part of the parents’ Family Self Sufficiency Plan, and providers may be paid for days even when the child is absent from care
Jun 13, 2013 Expanded Definition of FAP Trafficking
Jun 12, 2013 CDC payments for care provided in the child’s home will be paid by DHS to the parent or substitute parent, and payments from the parent/substitute parent to the child care provider will be treated as earned income (NOT as self-employment income) for purposes of determining the provider’s eligibility for DHS-administered benefits
Jun 11, 2013 Information from a data match (apparently with the Michigan State Police) is being used by DHS to terminate assistance to households. Termination notices to recipients state that a member of the group “is not eligible for assistance due to a criminal justice disqualification”.
May 22, 2013 Effective May 1, 2013, the Department of Human Services (DHS) began a two-tiered hearings process as a pilot program in Genesee County. It will be followed by Washtenaw (July) and Jackson (September)Counties.
May 02, 2013

The Department of Human Services (DHS) has clarified some key differences between tranfers to two different types of trusts. The evaluation of Medicaid trust exceptions are based on the type of trust under review. There are two types of Medicaid trusts to consider:

Special Needs Trusts, or exception A and

Pooled Trusts, or exception B.

In addition to other criteria, age of the beneficiary and ownership of the asset must be evaluated.
Apr 30, 2013 Effective May 1, 2013, the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) will not count Social Security Cost of Living Adjustments (COLAs) in determining eligibility and benefit amounts in January through March of each year
Apr 15, 2013 Households that have reached either their 48 or 60 month lifetime limit for FIP cash assistance benefits may be eligible for the Temporary Housing Assistance program for up to three months following their FIP case closure.
Apr 15, 2013 The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has “updated” the policy on who qualifies for FAP as a “battered alien”.
Apr 15, 2013 The Department of Human Services (DHS) added a statement to BEM and BAM that groups applying for SER benefits are disqualified if a member is a fugitive felon. This is not new policy, but the clarifying statement is new.
Apr 15, 2013 The Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) has included the Medicaid Desk Aid in its Bridges Eligibility Manual (BEM)
Apr 08, 2013 Department of Human Services (DHS) is beginning a two-tiered hearings process as a pilot program in Genesee County, to be followed by Jackson and Washtenaw Counties
Mar 28, 2013 Data on lottery winnings will be provided to DHS and matched to open cases, including cases with applications recently pending.