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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 30. Department of Medical Assistance Services
Chapter 141. Family Access to Medical Insurance Security Plan

12VAC30-141-150. Application requirements.

A. Availability of program information. DMAS or its designee shall furnish the following information in written form and orally as appropriate to all applicants and to other individuals who request it:

1. The eligibility requirements;

2. Summary of covered benefits;

3. Copayment amounts required; and

4. The rights and responsibilities of applicants and enrollees.

B. Opportunity to apply. DMAS or its designee must afford an individual, wishing to do so, the opportunity to apply. Applicants may file an application by mail, by fax, by phone, via the internet, or in person at local departments of social services. Face-to-face interviews for the program are not required. Eligibility determinations for FAMIS shall occur at either local departments of social services, DMAS, or the CPU.

C. Application. DMAS or its designee shall require an application from the applicant if the applicant is at least 18 years of age or older, or from a parent, adult relative caretaker, guardian, legal custodian, or authorized representative if the applicant is younger than 18 years of age or the applicant is incapacitated. "Incapacitated" means a person who, pursuant to an order of a court of competent jurisdiction, has been found to be incapable of receiving and evaluating information effectively or responding to people, events, or environments to such an extent that the individual lacks the capacity to (i) meet the essential requirements of his health, care, safety, or therapeutic needs without the assistance or protection of a guardian, or (ii) manage property or financial affairs or provide for his support or for the support of his legal dependents without the assistance or protection of a conservator.

1. DMAS employs a single, streamlined application developed by the state and approved by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services in accordance with § 1413(b)(I)(B) of the Affordable Care Act.

2. DMAS may employ an alternative application used to apply for multiple human service programs approved by the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, provided that the agency makes readily available the single or alternative application used only for insurance affordability programs to individuals seeking assistance only through such programs.

D. Right to apply. An individual who is 18 years of age shall not be refused the right to complete an application for himself and shall not be discouraged from asking for assistance for himself under any circumstances.

E. Applicant's signature. The applicant must sign state-approved application forms submitted, even if another person fills out the form, unless the application is filed and signed by the applicant's parent, adult relative caretaker, legal guardian or conservator, attorney-in-fact or authorized representative.

F. The authorized representative for an individual 18 years of age or older shall be those individuals as set forth in 12VAC30-110-1380.

G. The authorized representative for children younger than 18 years of age shall be those individuals as set forth in 12VAC30-110-1390.

H. Persons prohibited from signing an application. An employee of, or an entity hired by, a medical service provider who stands to obtain FAMIS payments shall not sign an application for health insurance on behalf of an individual who cannot designate an authorized representative.

I. Assistance with application. DMAS or its designee shall allow an individual of the applicant's choice to assist and represent the applicant in the application process, a renewal process, or both.

J. Timely determination of eligibility. The time processing standards for determining eligibility begin with the date an application is submitted online, by telephone, by fax, or received in hard copy either at a LDSS or the CPU. An application for health insurance shall have an eligibility determination performed within the established federal case processing time standards.

K. Notice of the decision concerning eligibility. The determining agency shall send each applicant a written notice of the agency's or designee's decision on the applicant's application, and if approved, the applicant's obligations under the program. If eligibility for both FAMIS and Medicaid is denied, notice must be given concerning the reasons for the action and an explanation of the applicant's right to request a review of the adverse actions, as described in 12VAC30-141-50.

L. Case documentation. The determining agency shall include in each applicant's record all necessary facts to support the decision on the applicant's application and must dispose of each application by a finding of eligibility or ineligibility, unless (i) there is an entry in the case record that the applicant voluntarily withdrew the application and that the agency or its designee sent a notice confirming the applicant's decision; or (ii) there is a supporting entry in the case record that the applicant cannot be located.

M. Case maintenance. All cases approved for FAMIS shall be maintained at local departments of social services or another entity designated by DMAS. The determining agency will be responsible for providing newly enrolled recipients with program information, benefits available, how to secure services under the program, a FAMIS handbook, and for processing changes in eligibility and annual renewals within established timeframes. DMAS outreach resources may also provide information or assistance to the enrollee.

N. Renewal of eligibility. DMAS, LDSS, or the CPU shall redetermine the eligibility of enrollees with respect to circumstances that may change at least every 12 months. During the 12-month period of coverage, enrollees must make timely and accurate reports if an enrollee no longer resides in the Commonwealth of Virginia or when changes in income exceed 200% of the federal poverty level plus a 5.0% income disregard. The agency responsible for managing the case shall promptly redetermine eligibility when it receives information about changes in a FAMIS enrollee's circumstances that may affect eligibility. DMAS or its designee may assist with documenting changes reported by the enrollee.

O. Notice of decision concerning eligibility. The agency responsible for managing the case shall give enrollees timely notice of proposed action to terminate their eligibility under FAMIS. The notice must meet the requirements of 42 CFR 457.1180.

Statutory Authority

§ 32.1-325 of the Code of Virginia; 42 USC§ 1396 seq.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 21, eff. August 1, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 23, Issue 7, eff. January 10, 2007; Volume 35, Issue 20, eff. June 26, 2019.

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