DATE: May 12, 2009
SUBJECT: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
DISTRIBUTION: County Directors of Social Services
All Medicaid Eligibility Staff
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 ( ARRA ‘09-Public Law 111-5) was enacted by Congress and signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 17, 2009 .The Act is intended to provide a stimulus to the U.S. economy in the wake of the economic downturn. The Act includes federal tax cuts, expansion of unemployment benefits and other social welfare provisions. The purpose of this letter is to outline the procedures for handling the changes associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Some recipients of Social Security (SSA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Railroad Retirement Benefits, and Veterans Disability Compensation or Pension Benefits will receive a $250 Economic Recovery Payment (ERP). The one-time payment should be received by the end of May 2009.
The ARRA of 2009 provides an additional $25.00 a week to the unemployment compensation currently being paid to individuals. According to the North Carolina Department of Labor, the payments will be retroactive to those claimants who were eligible for payments after the week ending February 28, 2009. Should someone's benefits run out after that week, they will still receive an adjustment check for those weeks they were eligible for the $25. The increased UIB amount will be retroactive to week ending February 28.
The following policy applies to both Family and Children’s Medicaid (F & C) and Aged, Blind and Disabled Medicaid (ABD).
The FAC will be listed in OLV at the end of the payment history segment. The FAC will also be verified in SCC4CICS. Select PF9 (FAC DATA) from the initial ESC inquiry screen.
If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact your Medicaid Program Representative. For any issues that are not able to be handled through that venue, Angela Floyd, Assistant Director for Recipient Services, will be your point of contact and can be reached at (919) 855-4000.
Craigan L.Gray, MD, MBA, JD
(This material was researched and prepared by Susan K. Castle, Policy Consultant, Medicaid Eligibility Unit.)
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.