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DMA ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER NO. 06-05, Social Security and VA Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

DATE: NOVEMBER 10, 2004

Subject: Social Security Cost-Of-Living Adjustment (COLA) and VA Cost of Living Increase

Distribution: County Directors of Social Services

I. SOCIAL SECURITY CHANGES DUE TO COLA ADJUSTMENT

II. VA CHANGES DUE TO COST OF LIVING INCREASE

III. RECIPIENT NOTICE OF COLA

 

NOTICE TO MEDICAID RECIPIENTS

 

    If you receive a Social Security check or VA benefit, your check may go up in January 2005. This increase could affect your Medicaid by giving you a deductible, a patient monthly liability, or by increasing the deductible or patient monthly liability you now have. Medicaid regulations require that income from Social Security and VA benefits be counted when determining Medicaid eligibility (MA-2250, Income, and MA-3300, Income, in the Medicaid Eligibility Manuals).

    Social Services in your county will notify you, by January 1, of the exact change, if any, this action will have on your Medicaid. Be on the lookout for your notice. You may appeal the way Social Services determined your deductible, patient monthly liability, or other change in your eligibility within 60 days from the date of the notice.

December 2004

    Division of Medical Assistance

AVISO A LOS BENEFICIARIOS DE MEDICAID

Si usted recibe un cheque del Seguro Social o algún beneficio como Veterano, puede ser que reciba un aumento a partir del mes de enero del 2005. Este aumento podría afectar su Medicaid creándole un deducible o una responsabilidad financiera mensual como paciente, o aumentando el deducible o la responsabilidad financiera mensual que usted tiene actualmente. Las regulaciones de Medicaid requieren que los ingresos del Seguro Social y los beneficios de Veteranos, sean tomados en cuenta cuando se determina la elegibilidad para Medicaid (MA-2250 y MA-3300 de los Manuales de Elegibilidad de Medicaid).

 

El Departamento de Servicios Sociales de su condado le enviará un aviso a más tardar en enero 1, de como afectará este cambio (si es que hay alguno) a su Medicaid. Esté al pendiente para recibir ese aviso.

 

Usted puede apelar dentro de un periodo de 60 días de la fecha del aviso, la forma en la que Servicios Sociales determina su deducible, su responsabilidad financiera mensual (como paciente), o algún otro cambio en su elegibilidad.

IV. CASES NOT AFFECTED BY THE RSDI COLA

V. CASES AFFECTED BY THE AUTOMATED RECALCULATION OF RSDI

VI. AUTOMATED RECALCULATION

VII. PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONGOING CASES IN THE AUTOMATED UPDATE

VIII. PENDING APPLICATIONS

This Administrative Letter obsoletes DMA Administrative Letter 06-04 dated November 7, 2003.

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact your Medicaid Program Representative.

(This material was researched and written by Charlotte Gibbons, Policy Consultant, Medicaid Eligibility Unit.)

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