DAR File No. 40244
This rule was published in the April 1, 2016, issue (Vol. 2016, No. 7) of the Utah State Bulletin.
Health, Health Care Financing, Coverage and Reimbursement Policy
General Requirements for Home and Community-Based Services Waivers
Notice of Proposed Rule
DAR File No.: 40244
Filed: 03/08/2016 09:32:31 AM
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this change is to clarify the time frame for the eligibility start date for the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waiver.
Summary of the rule or change:
This amendment clarifies the eligibility start date for the HCBS Waiver. It also updates a citation and makes other technical changes.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
- Pub. L. No. 111-148
- Section 26-1-5
- Section 26-18-3
This rule or change incorporates by reference the following material:
- Updates 42 U.S.C. 1396p(f), published by Government Printing Office, 02/07/2016
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
There is no impact to the state budget because this amendment only clarifies the eligibility start date for the HCBS Waiver and makes other technical changes. It does not affect ongoing waiver services.
There is no impact to local governments because they do not fund or provide waiver services to Medicaid recipients.
There is no impact to small businesses because this amendment only clarifies the eligibility start date for the HCBS Waiver and makes other technical changes. It does not affect ongoing waiver services.
persons other than small businesses, businesses, or local governmental entities:
There is no impact to Medicaid providers and to Medicaid recipients because this amendment only clarifies the eligibility start date for the HCBS Waiver and makes other technical changes. It does not affect ongoing waiver services.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There is no impact to a single Medicaid provider or to a Medicaid recipient because this amendment only clarifies the eligibility start date for the HCBS Waiver and makes other technical changes. It does not affect ongoing waiver services.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
There is no fiscal impact to business because it does not affect ongoing waiver services.
Joseph K. Miner, MD, Executive Director
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Health Care Financing, Coverage and Reimbursement Policy
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Joseph Miner, Executive Director
R414. Health, Health Care Financing, Coverage and Reimbursement Policy.
R414-307. Eligibility for Home and Community-Based Services Waivers.
R414-307-3. General Requirements for Home and Community-Based Services Waivers.
(1) The Department shall apply the provisions of Sec. 2404 of Pub. L. No. 111 148, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which refers to applying the provisions of Section 1924 of the Social Security Act to married individuals who are eligible for home and community-based waiver services.
(2) To qualify for Medicaid coverage of home and community-based waiver services, an individual must meet:
(a) the medical eligibility criteria defined in the State Waiver Implementation Plan adopted in Rule R414-61, which applies to the specific waiver under which the individual is seeking services, as verified by the operating agency case manager;
(b) the financial and non-financial eligibility criteria for one of the Medicaid coverage groups selected in the specific waiver implementation plan under which the individual is seeking services; and
(c) other requirements defined in this rule that apply to all waiver applicants and recipients, or specific to the waiver for which the individual is seeking eligibility.
(3) The provisions found in Rule R414-304 and Rule R414-305 apply to eligibility determinations under a Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver, except where otherwise stated in this rule.
(4) The Department shall limit the number of individuals covered by an HCBS waiver as provided in the adopted waiver implementation plan.
(5) The Department adopts and incorporates
, Subsection 1917](f)
[ of the Social Security Act, effective January 1,
2013.] An individual is ineligible for nursing facility
and other long-term care services when an individual has home
equity that exceeds the limit set forth in Subsection [ 1917](f).
(a) The Department sets that limit at the
minimum level allowed under Subsection [
(b) An individual who has excess home equity and meets eligibility criteria under a community Medicaid eligibility group defined in the Medicaid State Plan may receive Medicaid for services other than long-term care services provided under the plan or the HCBS waiver.
(c) An individual who has excess home equity and does not qualify for a community Medicaid eligibility group, is ineligible for Medicaid under both the special income group and the medically needy waiver group.
(6) To determine initial eligibility for a
Medicaid coverage group under an HCBS waiver, the eligibility
agency must receive a completed waiver referral form from the
operating agency or designee. [
Individuals] who [ are] not [ currently ]eligible for Medicaid must also
complete a Medicaid application.
(a) The waiver referral form must verify
the date the individual meets the level
b]) [ If the individual's ] [ Medicaid] eligibility[ is not approved] within 60 days of the level
the waiver referral form [ is no longer] valid
[ . (i) The]
operating agency or designee must submit a new
waiver referral form to the eligibility agency
establish[ ing] a new level
Eligibility for Medicaid under an HCBS waiver cannot begin
before the new level of care date on the new waiver referral form,
subject to the same 60-day period to approve
(c) The Medicaid agency may not pay for waiver services before the start date of the individual's approved comprehensive care plan, which may not be earlier than the date the individual meets:
(i) the eligibility criteria for a Medicaid coverage group included in the applicable waiver; and
(ii) the level
(7) In the event an individual is not approved for Waiver Medicaid services due to Subsection R414-307-3(6), an individual who otherwise meets Medicaid financial and non-financial eligibility criteria for a Non-Waiver Medicaid coverage group may qualify for Medicaid services other than services under an HCBS waiver.
(8) If an individual's Medicaid eligibility ends and the individual reapplies for Waiver Medicaid, the Department shall establish a process of obtaining approval from the operating agency or designee in which the individual continues to meet medical criteria for the Waiver. The operating agency or designee approval may establish a new date in which eligibility to receive coverage of waiver services may begin.
(9) An individual denied Medicaid coverage for an HCBS waiver may request a fair hearing.
(a) The Department conducts hearings on programmatic eligibility for payment of waiver services.
(b) The Department of Workforce Services conducts hearings on financial eligibility issues for a Medicaid coverage group.
KEY: eligibility, waivers, special income group
Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment: [
November 1, 2015]
Notice of Continuation: April 17, 2012
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 26-1-5; 26-18-3
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