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DMA ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER NO. 16-06, Social Security and VA Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)

DATE: NOVEMBER 16, 2006

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

(I.C.1.)

II. VA CHANGES DUE TO COST OF LIVING INCREASE

III. RECIPIENT NOTICE OF COLA

(III.)

 

NOTICE TO MEDICAID RECIPIENTS

 

    If you receive a Social Security check or VA benefit, your check may go up in January 2007. 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 2006

      Division of Medical Assistance

AVISO A LOS BENEFICIARIOS DE MEDICAID

IV. CASES NOT AFFECTED BY THE RSDI COLA

V. CASES AFFECTED BY THE AUTOMATED RECALCULATION OF RSDI

(V.A.5)

VI. AUTOMATED RECALCULATION

(VI)

(VI.C.3.a)

(VI.C.6.)

VII. PROCESSING INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONGOING CASES IN THE AUTOMATED UPDATE

(VII.A.)

(VII.B.)

(VII.B.2)

October – December

January – March

 

$ 850

RSDI

$ 878

New RSDI

- 20

Exemption

- 20

Exemption

830

 

858

 

- 242

Income Level for One

- 242

Income Level

588

588

 

616

616

 

x 3

Months in c.p.

x 3

Months

$1,764

Deductible for 3 months

$1,848

Deductible for 3 months

(VII.C)

(VII.D.)

(VII.)

VIII. PENDING APPLICATIONS

(VIII.D)

(VIII.E)

This Administrative Letter obsoletes DMA Administrative Letter 14-05 dated November 15, 2005.

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

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

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