File No. 33689
This rule was published in the June 15, 2010, issue (Vol. 2010, No. 12) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Health, Health Care Financing, Coverage and Reimbursement Policy
Medicaid Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability Demonstration Waiver
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 33689
Filed: 06/01/2010 09:50:19 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
This change ensures the public funds that subsidize the purchase of health insurance plans are used only for plans that meet the requirements of state and federal law, which restrict the use of public funds to cover abortion services. This change is necessary to comply with restrictions on the use of state and federal funds for abortion, as stated in Executive Order No. 13535, 75 Fed. Reg. 15599 (03/24/2010).
Summary of the rule or change:
Subsidies through Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP) will not be paid to individuals who enroll in health plans that cover abortion services beyond the limited circumstances required under state and federal law. (DAR NOTE: A corresponding 120-day (emergency) rule is under DAR No. 33529 in the April 15, 2010, Bulletin and was effective 04/01/2010.)
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Section 26-1-5
- Pub. L. No. 105-78
- Section 26-18-3
This rule or change incorporates by reference the following material:
- Updates: 42 CFR 433.138(b), 10/01/2009
- Updates: 20 CFR 416, Subpart K, Appendix, 04/01/2009
- Updates: 42 CFR 435.911, 10/01/2009
- Updates: 42 CFR 435.912, 10/01/2009
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
This change may result in minimal savings to the state budget. The Department, however, cannot quantify these savings because there is no data to estimate how many families may choose to drop their coverage if they become ineligible for UPP.
There is no impact to local governments because they do not fund or provide UPP services to clients.
This change may result in a minimal reduction in health care premium costs if families drop their health insurance at work. The Department, however, cannot quantify this cost reduction because there is no data to estimate how many families may choose to drop their coverage if they become ineligible for UPP.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
This change may result in a minimal loss in revenue to health plans if families drop their health insurance at work. The Department, however, cannot quantify this loss in revenue because there is no data to estimate how many families may choose to drop their coverage if they become ineligible for UPP.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There may be a limited loss of income for a health plan and increased out-of-pocket expenses for an individual or family. The Department, however, cannot quantify these losses and expenses because there is no data to estimate how many families may choose to drop their coverage if they become ineligible for UPP.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
Changes in federal law and executive orders require this rule change to assure compliance with federal and state law.
David N. Sundwall, MD, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Health
Health Care Financing, Coverage and Reimbursement Policy
288 N 1460 W
SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84116-3231
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David Sundwall, Executive Director
R414. Health, Health Care Financing, Coverage and Reimbursement Policy.
R414-320. Medicaid Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability Demonstration Waiver.
This rule is authorized by Title 26, Chapter 18 and allowed under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act. This rule establishes the eligibility requirements for enrollment and the benefits enrollees receive under the Health Insurance Flexibility and Accountability Demonstration Waiver (HIFA), which is Utah's Premium Partnership for Health Insurance (UPP).
The following definitions apply throughout this rule:
(1) "Adult" means an individual who is at least 19 and not yet 65 years of age.
(2) "Applicant" means an individual who applies for benefits under the UPP program, but who is not an enrollee.
(3) "Best estimate" means the Department's determination of a household's income for the upcoming certification period based on past and current circumstances and anticipated future changes.
(4) "Child" means an individual who is younger than 19 years of age.
(5) "Children's Health Insurance Program" or "CHIP" provides medical services for children under age 19 who do not otherwise qualify for Medicaid.
(6) "Consolidated Omnibus Budget
(COBRA)] continuation coverage is a temporary
extension of employer health insurance coverage whereby a person
who loses coverage under an employer's group health plan can
remain covered for a certain length of time.
[ Coverage must include at least physician visits, hospital
inpatient services, pharmacy, well child visits, and children's
immunizations. Lifetime maximum benefits must be at least
$1,000,000, the deductible can be no more than $2,500 per
individual, and the plan must pay at least 70% of an inpatient stay
after the deductible.]
7]) "Department" means the Utah Department of
8]) "Enrollee" means an individual who applies for
and is found eligible for the UPP program.
9]) "Employer-sponsored health plan" means a
health insurance plan offered through an employer
[ where: (a)] the employer
contribute[ s] at least 50 [ percent] of the cost of the health insurance premium of the
[ ; (b) coverage includes at least physician visits, hospital
inpatient services, pharmacy, well child visits, and
(c) lifetime maximum benefits are at least
(d) the deductible is no more than $2,500 per individual;
(e) the plan pays at least 70% of an inpatient stay after
10]) "Income averaging" means a process of using a
history of past and current income and averaging it over a
determined period of time that is representative of future
11]) "Income anticipating" means a process of using
current facts regarding rate of pay, number of working hours, and
expected changes to anticipate future income.
12]) "Income annualizing" means a process of
determining the average annual income of a household, based on the
past history of income and expected changes.
(13) "Local office" means any Department of
Workforce Services office location, outreach location, or telephone
location where an individual may apply for medical
](14) "Open enrollment means a time period during which the Department accepts applications for the UPP program.
(15) "Public Institution" means an institution that is the responsibility of a governmental unit or that is under the administrative control of a governmental unit.
(16) "Primary Care Network" or "PCN" program provides primary care medical services to uninsured adults who do not otherwise qualify for Medicaid.
(17) "Recertification month" means the last month of the eligibility period for an enrollee.
(18) "Spouse" means any individual who has been married to an applicant or enrollee and has not legally terminated the marriage.
19]) "Utah's Premium Partnership for Health
[ (UPP) program] provides cash reimbursement for all
or part of the insurance premium paid by an employee for health
insurance coverage through an employer-sponsored health insurance
plan or COBRA continuation coverage that covers either the eligible
employee, the eligible spouse of the employee, dependent children,
or the family.
20]) "Verification[ s]" means the proof[ s] needed to decide if an individual meets the
eligibility criteria to be enrolled in the program. Verifications
may include hard copy documents such as a birth certificate,
computer match records such as Social Security benefits match
records, and collateral contacts with third parties who have
information needed to determine the eligibility of the
R414-320-3. Applicant and Enrollee Rights and Responsibilities.
(1) Any person who meets the limitations set by the Department may apply during an open enrollment period. The open enrollment period may be limited to:
(a) Adults with children living in the home;
(b) Adults without children living in the home;
(c) Adults enrolled in the PCN program;
(d) Children enrolled in the CHIP program;
(e) Adults or children who were enrolled in the Medicaid program within the last thirty days prior to the beginning of the open enrollment period; or
(f) Other groups designated in advance by the Department consistent with efficient administration of the program.
(2) If a person needs help to apply, he may have a friend or family member help, or he may request help from the local office or outreach staff.
(3) Applicants and enrollees must provide requested information and verifications within the time limits given. The Department will allow the client at least 10 calendar days from the date of a request to provide information and may grant additional time to provide information and verifications upon request of the applicant or enrollee.
(4) Applicants and enrollees have a right to be notified about the decision made on an application, or other action taken that affects their eligibility for benefits.
(5) Applicants and enrollees may look at information in their case file that was used to make an eligibility determination.
(6) Anyone may look at the eligibility policy manuals located at any Department local office .
(7) An individual must repay any benefits received under the UPP program if the Department determines that the individual was not eligible to receive such benefits.
(8) Applicants and enrollees must report certain changes to the local office within ten calendar days of the day the change becomes known. The local office shall notify the applicant at the time of application of the changes that the enrollee must report. Some examples of reportable changes include:
(a) An enrollee stops paying for coverage under an employer-sponsored health plan or COBRA continuation coverage.
(b) An enrollee changes health insurance plans.
(c) An enrollee has a change in the amount of the premium they are paying for an employer-sponsored health insurance plan or COBRA continuation coverage.
(d) An enrollee begins to receive coverage under, or begins to have access to Medicare or the Veteran's Administration Health Care System.
(e) An enrollee leaves the household or dies.
(f) An enrollee or the household moves out of state.
(g) Change of address of an enrollee or the household.
(h) An enrollee enters a public institution or an institution for mental diseases.
(i) An enrollee's subsidy for COBRA continuation coverage provided under Section 3001 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111 5, Stat. 123 115 ends.
(9) An applicant or enrollee has a right to request an agency conference or a fair hearing as described in R414-301-5 and R414-301-6.
(10) An enrollee must continue to pay premiums and remain enrolled in an employer-sponsored health plan or COBRA continuation coverage to be eligible for benefits.
(11) Eligible children may choose to
enroll in their employer-sponsored health insurance plan or COBRA
continuation coverage and receive UPP benefits, or they may choose
direct coverage through [
the Children's Health Insurance Program].
R414-320-4. General Eligibility Requirements.
(1) The provisions of R414-302-1, R414-302-2, R414-302-3, R414-302-5, and R414-302-6 apply to adult applicants and enrollees.
(2) The provisions of R382-10-6, R382-10-7, and R382-10-9 apply to child applicants and enrollees.
(3) An individual who is not a U.S. citizen and does not meet the alien status requirements of R414-302-1 or R382-10-6 is not eligible for any services or benefits under the UPP program.
(4) Applicants and enrollees for the UPP program are not required to provide Duty of Support information. An adult who would be eligible for Medicaid but fails to cooperate with Duty of Support requirements required by the Medicaid program cannot enroll in the UPP program.
(5) Individuals who must pay a spenddown
or premium to receive Medicaid can enroll in [
the] UPP [ program] if they meet the program eligibility
criteria in any month they do not receive Medicaid as long as the
Department has not stopped enrollment under the provisions of
R414-320-16. If the Department has stopped
enrollment, the individual must wait for an applicable open
enrollment period to enroll in [ the] UPP[ program].
R414-320-5. Verification and Information Exchange.
(1) The applicant and enrollee must provide verification of eligibility factors as requested by the Department.
(2) The Department may release information concerning applicants and enrollees and their households to other state and federal agencies to determine eligibility for other public assistance programs.
(3) The Department safeguards information about applicants and enrollees.
(4) There are no provisions for taxpayers to see any information from client records.
(5) The director or designee shall decide
if a situation is an emergency warranting release of information to
someone other than the client. The
may be released only] to an agency with comparable
rules for safeguarding records. The information
cannot include information obtained through an income
R414-320-6. Residents of Institutions.
(1) Residents of public institutions are not eligible for the UPP program.
(2) A child under the age of 18 is not a resident of an institution if the child is living temporarily in the institution while arrangements are being made for other placement.
(3) A child who resides in a temporary shelter for a limited period of time is not a resident of an institution.
R414-320-7. Creditable Health Coverage.
(1) The Department adopts 42 CFR
7] ed., which is incorporated by reference.
(2) An [
individual] who is covered under a group health plan or other
creditable health insurance coverage, as defined by the Health
Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), is
not eligible for enrollment.
(a) An applicant who is covered by COBRA continuation coverage may be eligible for UPP enrollment.
(3) Eligibility for an individual who has access to but has not yet enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance coverage will be determined as follows:
(a) If the cost of the employer-sponsored coverage is less than 5% of the household's gross income, the individual is not eligible for the UPP program.
(b) For adults, if the cost of the
employer-sponsored coverage exceeds 15% of the household's
gross income the adult may choose to enroll in [
the] UPP [ program] or may choose direct coverage through [ the Primary Care Network program] if enrollment has not been stopped under the provisions
A] child may choose enrollment in UPP or direct coverage [ under the] CHIP
program if the cost of the employer sponsored coverage is
equal to or more than 5% of the household's gross
(4) An individual who is covered under Medicare Part A or Part B, or who could enroll in Medicare Part B coverage, is not eligible for enrollment, even if the individual must wait for a Medicare open enrollment period to apply for Medicare benefits.
(5) An individual who is enrolled in the Veteran's Administration (VA) Health Care System is not eligible for enrollment. An individual who is eligible to enroll in the VA Health Care System, but who has not yet enrolled, may be eligible for the UPP program while waiting for enrollment in the VA Health Care System to become effective. To be eligible during this waiting period, the individual must initiate the process to enroll in the VA Health Care System. Eligibility for the UPP program ends once the individual becomes enrolled in the VA Health Care System.
(6) The Department shall deny eligibility if the applicant, spouse, or dependent child has voluntarily terminated health insurance coverage within the 90 days immediately prior to the application date for enrollment under the UPP program.
(a) An applicant, applicant's spouse, or dependent child can be eligible for the UPP program if their prior insurance ended more than 90 days before the application date.
(b) An applicant, applicant's spouse, or dependent child who voluntarily discontinues health insurance coverage under a COBRA plan, or under the Utah Comprehensive Health Insurance Pool, or who is involuntarily terminated from an employer's plan may be eligible for the UPP program without a 90 day waiting period.
(7) An individual with creditable health coverage operated or financed by Indian Health Services may enroll in the UPP program.
8]) Individuals must report at application and
recertification whether each individual for whom enrollment is
being requested has access to or is covered by a group health plan
or other creditable health insurance coverage. This includes
coverage that may be available through an employer or a
spouse's employer, Medicare Part A or B, the VA Health Care
System, or COBRA continuation coverage.
9]) The Department shall deny an application or
recertification if the applicant or enrollee fails to respond to
questions about health insurance coverage for any individual the
household seeks to enroll or recertify.
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R414-320-14. Eligibility Decisions and Recertification.
(1) The Department adopts 42 CFR 435.911
and 435.912, 200[
7] ed., which are incorporated by reference.
(2) When an individual applies for UPP, the local office shall determine if the individual is eligible for Medicaid. An individual who qualifies for Medicaid without paying a spenddown or a premium cannot enroll in the UPP program. If the individual appears to qualify for Medicaid, but additional information is required to determine eligibility for Medicaid, the applicant must provide additional information requested by the eligibility worker. Failure to provide the requested information shall result in the application being denied.
(a) If the individual must pay a spenddown or premium to qualify for Medicaid, the individual may choose to enroll in the UPP program if it is an open enrollment period and the individual meets all the applicable criteria for eligibility. If the UPP program is not in an enrollment period, the individual must wait for an open enrollment period.
(b) At recertification, the local office shall first review eligibility for Medicaid. If the individual qualifies for Medicaid without a spenddown or premium, the individual cannot be reenrolled in the UPP program. If the individual appears to qualify for Medicaid, the applicant must provide additional information requested by the eligibility worker. Failure to provide the requested information shall result in the application being denied.
(3) To enroll, the individual must meet enrollment eligibility criteria at a time when the Department has not already stopped enrollment under provisions of Section R414-320-16.
(4) The local office shall complete a determination of eligibility or ineligibility for each application unless:
(a) The applicant voluntarily withdraws the application and the local office sends a notice to the applicant to confirm the withdrawal;
(b) The applicant died; or
(c) The applicant cannot be located; or
(d) The applicant has not responded to requests for information within the 30 day application period or by the date the eligibility worker asked the information or verifications to be returned, if that date is later.
(5) The enrollee must recertify eligibility at least every 12 months.
(6) The local office eligibility worker may require the applicant, the applicant's spouse, or the applicant's authorized representative to attend an interview as part of the application and recertification process. Interviews may be conducted in person or over the telephone, at the local office eligibility worker's discretion.
(7) The enrollee must complete the recertification process and provide the required verifications by the end of the recertification month.
(a) If the enrollee completes the recertification and continues to meet all eligibility criteria, coverage will be continued without interruption.
The case will be closed at the end of the recertification
month if] the enrollee does not complete the recertification
process and provide required verifications by the end of the
(c) If an enrollee does not complete the recertification by the end of the recertification month, but completes the process and provides required verifications by the end of the month immediately following the recertification month, coverage will be reinstated as of the first of that month if the individual continues to be eligible.
(8) The eligibility worker may extend the recertification due date if the enrollee demonstrates that a medical emergency, death of an immediate family member, natural disaster or other similar cause prevented the enrollee from completing the recertification process on time.
R414-320-15. Effective Date of Enrollment and Enrollment Period.
(1) The effective date of enrollment is the day that a completed and signed application is received at a local office as defined in Subsection R414-308-3(2)(a) and (b), and the applicant meets all eligibility criteria and enrolls in and pays the first premium for the employer-sponsored health insurance or COBRA continuation coverage in the application month.
(2) The effective date of enrollment cannot be before the month in which the applicant pays a premium for the employer-sponsored health insurance or COBRA continuation coverage and is determined as follows:
(a) The effective date of enrollment is the date an application is received and the person is found eligible, if the applicant enrolls in and pays the first premium for the employer-sponsored health insurance or COBRA continuation coverage in the application month.
(b) If the applicant will not pay a premium for the employer-sponsored health insurance or COBRA continuation coverage in the application month, the effective date of enrollment is the first day of the month in which the applicant pays a premium. The applicant must enroll in the employer-sponsored health insurance or COBRA continuation coverage no later than 30 days from the day on which the Department of Workforce Services sends the applicant written notice that he meets the qualifications for UPP.
(c) If the applicant does not enroll in the employer-sponsored health insurance or COBRA continuation coverage within 30 days from the day on which the Department of Workforce Services sends the applicant written notice that he meets the qualifications for UPP, the application shall be denied and the individual will have to reapply during another open enrollment period.
(3) The effective date of enrollment for a newborn or newly adopted child is the date the newborn or newly adopted child is enrolled in the employer-sponsored health insurance or COBRA continuation coverage if the family requests the coverage within 30 days of the birth or adoption. If the request is more than 30 days after the birth or adoption, enrollment is effective the date of report.
(4) The effective date of re-enrollment for a recertification is the first day of the month after the recertification month, if the recertification is completed as described in R414-320-13.
(5) If the enrollee does not complete the recertification as described in R414-320-13, and the enrollee does not have good cause for missing the deadline, the case will remain closed and the individual may reapply during another open enrollment period.
(6) An individual found eligible shall be eligible from the effective date through the end of the first month of eligibility and for the following 12 months. If the enrollee completes the redetermination process in accordance with R414-320-13 and continues to be eligible, the recertification period will be for an additional 12 months beginning the month following the recertification month. Eligibility could end before the end of a 12-month certification period for any of the following reasons:
(a) The individual turns age 65;
(b) The individual becomes entitled to receive Medicare, or becomes covered by VA Health Insurance;
(c) The individual dies;
(d) The individual moves out of state or cannot be located;
(e) The individual enters a public institution or an Institute for Mental Disease.
(7) If an adult enrollee discontinues enrollment in employer-sponsored insurance or COBRA continuation coverage, eligibility ends. If the enrollment in employer-sponsored insurance is discontinued involuntarily, the individual does not enroll in COBRA continuation coverage, and the individual notifies the local office within ten calendar days of when the insurance ends, the individual may switch to the PCN program for the remainder of the certification period.
(8) A child enrollee may discontinue
employer-sponsored health insurance or COBRA continuation coverage
and move to direct coverage under [
the Children's Health Insurance Program] at any time during the certification period without any
(9) An individual enrolled in [
the Primary Care Network] or [ the Children's Health Insurance Program] who enrolls in an employer-sponsored plan or COBRA
continuation coverage may switch to the UPP program if the
individual reports to the local office within ten calendar days of
enrolling in an employer-sponsored plan or COBRA continuation
coverage and before coverage begins.
(10) If a UPP case closes for any reason,
other than to become covered by another Medicaid program or [
the Children's Health Insurance Program], and remains closed for one or more calendar months,
the individual must submit a new application to the local office
during an open enrollment period to reapply. The individual must
meet all the requirements of a new applicant.
(11) If a UPP case closes because the
enrollee is eligible for another Medicaid program or [
the Children's Health Insurance Program], the individual may reenroll if there is no break
in coverage between the programs, even if the State has stopped
(a) If the individual's 12-month certification period has not ended, the individual may reenroll for the remainder of that certification period. The individual is not required to complete a new application or have a new income eligibility determination.
(b) If the 12-month certification period from the prior enrollment has ended, the individual may still reenroll. However, the individual must complete a new application and meet eligibility and income guidelines for the new certification period.
(c) If there is a break in coverage of one or more calendar months between programs, the individual must reapply during an open enrollment period.
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KEY: CHIP, Medicaid, PCN, UPP
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 26-18-3; 26-1-5
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