This filing was published in the 12/15/2008, issue, Vol. 2008, No. 24, of the Utah State Bulletin.
Health, Children's Health Insurance Program
NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULE
DAR File No.: 32185
Filed: 12/01/2008, 04:36
Received by: NL
Purpose of the rule or reason for the change:
The purpose of this change is to modify criteria and deadlines for the Department to receive Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) applications and verifications in accordance with the "Working 4 Utah" initiative set forth by the governor. (DAR NOTE: There is a corresponding 120-day (emergency) rule published in the October 15, 2008, issue of the Bulletin under DAR No. 31977 that is effective as of 10/01/2008.)
Summary of the rule or change:
This amendment clarifies when the Department must receive CHIP applications and verifications in accordance with longer office hours and the new four-day work schedule. It also allows the Department to exclude income that the U.S. Census Bureau pays to temporary census takers.
State statutory or constitutional authorization for this rule:
Anticipated cost or savings to:
the state budget:
The Department does not expect costs or savings to result from the hour change because it only implements the new four-day work schedule. Further, the income that the U.S. Census Bureau pays to temporary census takers has been exempt and does not affect CHIP eligibility or premium requirements. This exemption was in place ten years ago for the previous census. An estimated five families may qualify for CHIP based on this exemption.
This change does not impact local governments because they do not determine eligibility nor receive monies from CHIP recipients.
small businesses and persons other than businesses:
There are no costs or savings to other persons and small businesses because they do not accept or process CHIP applications. Further, the income that the U.S. Census Bureau pays to temporary census takers is exempt and does not affect CHIP eligibility or premium requirements.
Compliance costs for affected persons:
There are no compliance costs to a single person or entity because they do not accept or process CHIP applications. Further, the income that the U.S. Census Bureau pays to temporary census takers is exempt and does not affect CHIP eligibility or spenddown requirements.
Comments by the department head on the fiscal impact the rule may have on businesses:
This rule is necessary to conform to the "Working 4 Utah" initiative and should not have a negative fiscal impact. David N. Sundwall, MD, Executive Director
The full text of this rule may be inspected, during regular business hours, at the Division of Administrative Rules, or at:Health
Children's Health Insurance Program
CANNON HEALTH BLDG
288 N 1460 W
SALT LAKE CITY UT 84116-3231
Direct questions regarding this rule to:
Craig Devashrayee at the above address, by phone at 801-538-6641, by FAX at 801-538-6099, or by Internet E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested persons may present their views on this rule by submitting written comments to the address above no later than 5:00 p.m. on:
This rule may become effective on:
David N. Sundwall, Executive Director
R382. Health, Children's Health Insurance Program.
R382-10-5. Verification and Information Exchange.
(1) The applicant and enrollee upon renewal must provide verification of eligibility factors as requested by the agency.
(a) The agency will provide the enrollee a written request of the needed verifications.
(b) The enrollee has at least 10 calendar days from the date the agency gives or mails the verification request to the enrollee to provide verifications.
(c) The due date for returning verifications,
forms or information requested by the agency is [
5:00 p.m.] on the date the agency sets as the due date in a
written request to the enrollee, but not less than 10 calendar days from the date
such request is given to or mailed to the enrollee.
(d) The agency allows additional time to provide verifications if the enrollee requests additional time by the due date. The agency will set a new due date that is at least 10 days from the date the enrollee asks for more time to provide the verifications or forms.
(e) If an enrollee has not provided required verifications by the due date, and has not contacted the agency to ask for more time to provide verifications, agency denies the application, renewal, or ends eligibility.
(2) The Department may release information concerning applicants and enrollees and their households to other state and federal agencies to determine eligibility for other public assistance programs.
(3) The Department must release information to the Title IV-D agency and Social Security Administration to determine benefits.
(4) The Department may verify information by exchanging information with other public agencies as described in 42 CFR 435.945, 435.948, 435.952, 435.955, and 435.960.
R382-10-13. Income Provisions.
To be eligible to enroll in the Children's Health Insurance Program, gross household income must be equal to or less than 200% of the federal non-farm poverty guideline for a household of equal size. All gross income, earned and unearned, received by the parents and stepparents of any child who is included in the household size, is counted toward household income, unless this section specifically describes a different treatment of the income.
(1) The Department does not count as income any payments from sources that federal law specifically prohibit from being counted as income to determine eligibility for federally-funded programs.
(2) Any income in a trust that is available to, or is received by a household member, is countable income.
(3) Payments received from the Family Employment Program, General Assistance, or refugee cash assistance or adoption support services as authorized under Title 35A, Chapter 3 is countable income.
(4) Rental income is countable income. The following expenses can be deducted:
(a) taxes and attorney fees needed to make the income available;
(b) upkeep and repair costs necessary to maintain the current value of the property;
(c) utility costs only if they are paid by the owner; and
(d) interest only on a loan or mortgage secured by the rental property.
(5) Deposits to joint checking or savings accounts are countable income, even if the deposits are made by a non-household member. An applicant or enrollee who disputes household ownership of deposits to joint checking or savings accounts shall be given an opportunity to prove that the deposits do not represent income to the household. Funds that are successfully disputed are not countable income.
(6) Cash contributions made by non-household members are counted as income unless the parties have a signed written agreement for repayment of the funds.
(7) The interest earned from payments made under a sales contract or a loan agreement is countable income to the extent that these payments will continue to be received during the eligibility period.
(8) In-kind income, which is goods or services provided to the individual from a non-household member and which is not in the form of cash, for which the individual performed a service or is provided as part of the individual's wages is counted as income. In-kind income for which the individual did not perform a service or did not work to receive is not counted as income.
(9) SSI and State Supplemental Payments are countable income.
(10) Death benefits are not countable income to the extent that the funds are spent on the deceased person's burial or last illness.
(11) A bona fide loan that an individual must repay and that the individual has contracted in good faith without fraud or deceit, and genuinely endorsed in writing for repayment is not countable income.
(12) Child Care Assistance under Title XX is not countable income.
(13) Reimbursements of Medicare premiums received by an individual from Social Security Administration or the Department are not countable income.
(14) Needs-based Veteran's pensions are not counted as income. If the income is not needs-based, only the portion of a Veteran's Administration check to which the individual is legally entitled is countable income.
(15) Income of a child is excluded if the child is not the head of a household.
(16) Educational income such as educational loans, grants, scholarships, and work-study programs are not countable income. The individual must verify enrollment in an educational program.
(17) Reimbursements for expenses incurred by an individual are not countable income.
(18) Any payments made to an individual because of his status as a victim of Nazi persecution as defined in Pub. L. No. 103-286 are not countable income, including payments made by the Federal Republic of Germany, Austrian Social Insurance payments, and Netherlands WUV payments.
(19) Victim's Compensation payments as defined in Pub. L. No. 101-508 are not countable income.
(20) Disaster relief funds received if a catastrophe has been declared a major disaster by the President of the United States as defined in Pub. L. No. 103-286 are not countable income.
of an alien's sponsor or the sponsor's spouse[
,] is not countable
(22) If the household expects to receive less than $500 per year in taxable interest and dividend income, then they are not countable income.
R382-10-18. Effective Date of Enrollment and Renewal.
(1) The effective
date of CHIP enrollment is the date a completed and signed application is
received at a local office by [
5:00 p.m.] on
a business day. This applies to paper
applications delivered in person or by mail, paper applications sent via
facsimile transmission, and electronic applications sent via the internet. If a local office receives an application
after [ 5:00 p.m. of] a business day, the
effective date of CHIP enrollment is the next business day.
(2) The effective date of CHIP enrollment for applications delivered to an outreach location is as follows:
(a) If the application is delivered at a time when the outreach staff is working at that location, the effective date of enrollment is the date the outreach staff receives the application.
(b) If the
application is delivered at a time when the
outreach office is closed,[
including being closed for weekends or holidays,]
the effective date of enrollment is the last business day that a staff person
from the state agency was available to receive or pick up applications from the
(3) The Department may allow a grace enrollment period beginning no earlier than four days before the date a completed and signed application is received by the Department. The Department shall not pay for any services received before the effective enrollment date.
(4) For a family who has a child enrolled in CHIP and who adds a newborn or adopted child, the effective date of enrollment is the date of birth or adoption if the family requests the coverage within 30 days of the birth or adoption. If the request is made more than 30 days after the birth or adoption, enrollment in CHIP will be effective beginning the date of report, except as otherwise provided in R382-10-18(1).
(5) The effective date of enrollment for a renewal is the first day of the month after the renewal month, if the renewal process is completed by the end of the renewal month, or by the last day of the month immediately following the renewal month, and the child continues to be eligible.
(6) If the renewal process is not completed by the end of the renewal month, the case will be closed unless the enrollee has good cause for not completing the renewal process on time. Good cause includes a medical emergency, death of an immediate family member, or natural disaster, or other similar occurrence.
(7) The Department may require an interview with the parent, child, or adult who has assumed responsibility for the care or supervision of a child, or other authorized representative as part of the renewal process.
KEY: children's health benefits
Date of Enactment or
Last Substantive Amendment: [
Notice of Continuation: May 19, 2008
Authorizing, and Implemented or Interpreted Law: 26-1-5; 26-40
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For questions regarding the content or application of this rule, please contact Craig Devashrayee at the above address, by phone at 801-538-6641, by FAX at 801-538-6099, or by Internet E-mail at email@example.com
For questions about the rulemaking process, please contact the Division of Administrative Rules (801-538-3764). Please Note: The Division of Administrative Rules is NOT able to answer questions about the content or application of these administrative rules.
Last modified: 12/11/2008 9:35 AM