FSCWS ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER NO. 02-06
DAAS ADMINISTRATIVE LETTER NO. 06-06
DATE: April 10, 2006
SUBJECT: Outreach To Tell Clients of Upcoming Change
DISTRIBUTION: County Directors of Social Services
Medicaid Eligibility Staff
Special Assistance Eligibility Staff
Work First Eligibility Staff
Current Medicaid policy does not require the applicant and recipient to provide proof of U. S. citizenship or identity. The 2005 Federal Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) changes this policy. Beginning July 1, 2006, the DRA mandates that all applicants for and recipients of Medicaid must provide verification of U. S. citizenship and identity. This includes Work First and State/County Special Assistance applicants.
The DRA requires outreach begin now to inform recipients and applicants of the upcoming requirement.
Medicaid policy and procedures for this new requirement are currently being developed and will be available in June 2006.
At this time all staff who determine eligibility for Work First, Special Assistance, and all other Medicaid programs must begin informing the applicants/recipients that this requirement is forthcoming. You cannot tell them what documentation will be required as that is being researched and is not complete at this time. However, this will alert the applicants/recipients so they can begin thinking of what documents they have that may provide verification of U. S. citizenship. As a county you may develop and post a notice to augment this process.
Counties will be informed and provided a list of acceptable documentation as we confirm accepted documentation. At this time we know that certain documents such as a certification of naturalization (N-550 or N-570) will be accepted as verification of both citizenship and identity. Other documents will be accepted as either verification of citizenship or of identity. In this case two documents will be required, such as a birth certificate for verification of citizenship and another document such as a driver license for verification of identity.
DMA Administrative Letter 04-06
FSCWS Administrative Letter 02-06
DAAS Administrative Letter 06-06
This procedure is effective upon receipt.
If you have any questions, please contact your Medicaid Program Representative.
L. Allen Dobson, Jr., M.D., Assistant Secretary
For Health Policy and Medical Assistance
Sherry Bradsher, Director
Division of Social Services
Dennis W. Streets, Director
Division of Aging and Adult Services
(This material was researched and written by Susan Ryan, Policy Project Manager, Medicaid Eligibility Unit with assistance from Carla McNeill, Work First Program Consultant, and Brenda Porter, State County Special Assistance Program Coordinator)
For questions or clarification on any of the policy contained in these manuals, please contact your local county office.