A-1000, General Information

Revision 20-2; Effective June 1, 2020

 

A-1000 General Information

Revision 20-2, Effective June 1, 2020

 

Medicaid is a jointly funded federal and state program that provides health coverage to certain groups of low-income people.  It provides medical care and supportive services to people who qualify for Medicaid under one of the programs in this chapter. Services include doctor visits, vendor drugs, nursing facility services, and long-term care. While the federal government establishes general guidelines for the program, each state determines Medicaid eligibility. To participate in Medicaid, states are required to cover certain mandatory groups of people and may choose to cover other optional groups.

HHSC Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities (MEPD) staff determine eligibility under one of the MEPD programs in this chapter for people who are aged, blind, or have a disability.

Related Policy
Mandatory Coverage Groups, A-2000
Optional Coverage Groups, A-3000
Other Service-Related Programs, A-4000
Type Programs (TP) and Type Assistance, A-7000

 

A-1100 Texas Administrative Code Rules

Revision 11-2; Effective June 1, 2011

 

§358.107. Coverage Groups.

(a) General. This section describes the groups of people who are categorically eligible for a Medicaid-funded program for the elderly and people with disabilities (MEPD) under the Texas State Plan for Medical Assistance.

(b) Mandatory coverage groups. In accordance with 42 CFR Part 435, Subpart B, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) determines eligibility for MEPD for a person who falls into at least one of the following mandatory coverage groups:

(1) Supplemental Security Income (SSI) eligible. In accordance with 42 CFR §435.120, this mandatory coverage group covers a person who is aged, blind, or disabled and is receiving SSI or deemed to be receiving SSI. The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines eligibility for SSI under Title XVI of the Social Security Act. If SSA determines that a person is eligible for SSI, HHSC accepts SSA's determination as an automatic determination of eligibility for Medicaid.

(2) Coverage for certain aliens. In accordance with 42 CFR §435.139, an alien, as defined in 42 CFR §435.406, is provided services necessary for the treatment of an emergency medical condition, as defined in 42 CFR §440.255.

(3) Disabled adult child. In accordance with §1634(c) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. §1383c), this mandatory coverage group covers a person who:

(A) is at least 18 years of age;

(B) became disabled before 22 years of age;

(C) is denied SSI because of receipt of or an increase in Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI) disabled children's benefits received on or after July 1, 1987, and any subsequent increase; and

(D) meets current SSI criteria, excluding the RSDI benefit described in subparagraph (C) of this paragraph.

(4) Historical 1972 income disregard. In accordance with 42 CFR §435.134, this mandatory coverage group covers a person who:

(A) was receiving both public assistance and Social Security benefits in August 1972; and

(B) meets current SSI eligibility criteria, excluding from income the October 1972 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) increase in Social Security benefits but not excluding subsequent COLA increases in Social Security benefits.

(5) Title II COLA disregard (Pickle). In accordance with 42 CFR §435.135(a) - (b), this mandatory coverage group covers a person who:

(A) has been denied SSI for any reason since April 1977; and

(B) meets current SSI eligibility criteria, excluding from countable income any Social Security COLA increases received after the person last received both SSI and Social Security benefits in the same month.

(6) Disabled widow's or widower's COLA disregard. In accordance with 42 CFR §435.137, this mandatory coverage group covers a person who:

(A) is 50 to 60 years of age;

(B) is ineligible for Medicare;

(C) was denied SSI due to an increase in a disabled widow's or widower's and surviving divorced spouse's RSDI; and

(D) meets SSI eligibility criteria, excluding from countable income the RSDI benefit and any subsequent COLA increases in RSDI.

(7) Early age widow's or widower's COLA disregard. In accordance with 42 CFR §435.138, this mandatory coverage group covers a disabled person who was denied SSI due to early receipt of Social Security widow's or widower's benefits and:

(A) is at least 60 years of age;

(B) is not eligible for Medicare; and

(C) meets current SSI eligibility criteria, excluding from countable income the RSDI benefit and any subsequent COLA increases in RSDI.

(8) SSI denied children. In accordance with §1902(a)(10)(A)(i)(II) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. §1396a(a)(10)(A)(i)(II)), this mandatory coverage group covers a person who:

(A) is under 18 years of age;

(B) was receiving SSI on August 22, 1996;

(C) was subsequently denied SSI because of the change in disability criteria implemented by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-193); and

(D) meets SSI eligibility criteria, including the disability criteria in effect before August 22, 1996.

(c) Optional coverage groups. In accordance with 42 CFR Part 435, Subpart C, HHSC determines Medicaid eligibility for MEPD for a person who falls into an optional coverage group described in this subsection. Although federal regulations may allow other optional coverage groups, HHSC does not provide benefits to a member of an optional coverage group unless the group is included in the Texas State Plan for Medical Assistance.

(1) Institutional. In accordance with 42 CFR §435.211, this optional coverage group covers a person who would be eligible for SSI, as specified in 42 CFR §435.230, if the person were not in an institutional setting.

(2) Institutional special income limit. In accordance with 42 CFR §435.236, this optional coverage group covers a person who has lived in an institutional setting for at least 30 consecutive days, as described in §358.433 of this chapter (relating to Special Income Limit), and is eligible under the special income limit.

(3) §1915(c) waiver program. In accordance with 42 CFR §435.217, this optional coverage group covers a person who would be eligible for Medicaid if institutionalized, but is living in the community and receiving services under a §1915(c) waiver program.

(d) Other. In accordance with the Texas State Plan for Medical Assistance, HHSC determines Medicaid eligibility for MEPD for a person who meets the criteria for one of the following services:

(1) Primary home care services. This is a person who needs primary home care services and meets the criteria established in §1929(b)(2)(B) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. §1396t(b)(2)(B)) but is not otherwise eligible for Medicaid.

(2) Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). In accordance with 42 CFR Part 460, this is a person who is enrolled in a PACE program under a PACE program agreement.

(3) Susan Walker v. Bayer Corporation services. A person who has received payments from the class action settlement of Susan Walker v. Bayer Corporation may be eligible for Medicaid as a result of excluding from countable resources the payments from the settlement.

(e) Retroactive coverage. In accordance with 42 CFR §435.914, HHSC may determine eligibility for retroactive coverage:

(1) for up to three months before the date of application for:

(A) an applicant;

(B) a person who has been denied SSI;

(C) a deceased person, if a representative for the deceased person requests that HHSC determine eligibility for retroactive coverage; and

(D) a person eligible under the SSI-denied-children coverage group in subsection (b)(8) of this section; and

(2) for up to two months before the month in which an SSI recipient's Medicaid coverage automatically begins.

(f) Medicare Savings Program. In accordance with 42 U.S.C. §1396a(a)(10)(E) for this mandatory coverage group, HHSC may determine eligibility for a person who meets the criteria in Chapter 359 of this title (relating to Medicare Savings Program) for a Medicare Savings Program, which uses Medicaid funds to help the person pay for all or some of the person's out-of-pocket Medicare expenses, such as premiums, deductibles, or coinsurance.

(g) Medicaid Buy-In Program. In accordance with §1902(a)(10)A)(ii)(XIII) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. §1396a(a)(10)(A)(ii)(XIII)) for this optional coverage group, HHSC may determine eligibility for a person with a disability who is working and earning income and meets the criteria established in Chapter 360 of this title (relating to Medicaid Buy-In Program).

(h) Medicaid Buy-In for Children. In accordance with §1902(cc) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. §1396a(cc)) for this optional coverage group, HHSC may determine eligibility for a child with a disability who meets the criteria established in Chapter 361 of this title (relating to Medicaid Buy-In for Children Program).