DATE: DECEMBER 14, 2001
Manual: Aged, Blind and Disabled Medicaid
Change No. 10-02
To: County Directors of Social Services
Effective: January 1, 2002
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued clarification regarding the use of social security numbers for assistance unit and non-assistance unit members. Also, new federal regulations effective August 25, 2001, permit states to require social security numbers for NC Health Choice assistance unit members.
Existing policy is clarified to ensure that social security numbers for non-assistance unit members are not required, even if the individual has financial responsibility in the case. The county may request the number but may not require it as a condition of eligibility for the assistance unit.
Also, notification requirements are added when the social security number of the non-assistance unit member is requested.
Finally, because the social security number cannot be required for individuals who are members of the budget unit only, policy is updated to clarify for whom and when IEVS matches must be completed.
Apply this policy to applications taken on or after January 1, 2002 and to reenrollment interviews conducted on or after January 1.
If you have any questions, please contact your Medicaid Program Representative.
Nina M. Yeager
(This policy was researched and written by Renee Boston, Policy Consultant, Medicaid Eligibility Unit.)
MA-2430, Attachment 1
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.