(A) This rule describes eligibility criteria that apply to all medical assistance programs, how eligibility criteria will be verified by the administrative agency, and when an individual will be asked to provide manual verification. Eligibility conditions that are specific to a certain eligibility group are addressed in the eligibility rule for that group.
(B) To be determined eligible for medical assistance, an individual must:
(1) Provide a social security number (SSN) in accordance with 42 C.F.R. 435.910 (as in effect March 1, 2016).
(a) The individual's self-declaration of SSN meets this condition unless contradictory information is provided to or maintained by the administrative agency.
(b) An individual is not required to provide a SSN if the individual:
(i) Is applying for or receiving alien emergency medical assistance (AEMA), as described in rule 5160:1-5-06 of the Administrative Code.
(ii) Refuses to obtain a SSN because of well-established religious objections. Well-established religious objections exist when the individual:
(a) Is a member of a recognized religious sect or division of the sect, and
(b) Adheres to the tenets or teachings of the sect or division of the sect and for that reason is conscientiously opposed to applying for or using a national identification number.
(c) If the individual has not been issued or cannot recall the individual's SSN, the administrative agency must assist the individual in obtaining or applying for the individual's SSN.
(2) Be a resident, as defined in 42 C.F.R. 435.403 (as in effect March 1, 2016) of the state of Ohio on the date of application or requested coverage begin date.
(a) The individual's self-declaration of residency meets this condition unless contradictory information is provided to or maintained by the administrative agency.
(b) An individual remains a resident despite a temporary absence from the state if the individual intends to return when the purpose of the absence has been accomplished, unless another state has determined that the individual is a resident there for purposes of medicaid eligibility.
(c) The individual must not be eligible for and receiving medical assistance in another state or U.S. territory. An individual who has recently become an Ohio resident is not ineligible for medical assistance merely due to processing delays in terminating medical assistance in the prior state of residence.
(3) Be a U.S. citizen or qualified alien.
(a) An individual is not required to declare or verify citizenship or alien status when the individual is applying for benefits only on behalf of another person.
(c) An individual's declaration of qualified non-citizen status must be verified as described in rule 5160:1-2-12 of the Administrative Code.
(d) Verification of alien status is not required when the individual is applying for AEMA, as described in rule 5160:1-5-06 of the Administrative Code.
(4) Take all necessary steps to obtain any annuities, pensions, retirement, and disability benefits for which the individual is eligible, unless the individual can show good cause for not doing so, in accordance with 42 CFR 435.608 (as in effect on March 1, 2016).
(a) "Good cause", for the purposes of paragraph (B)(4) of this rule, means that to obtain a benefit, the individual would incur any significant disadvantage or detriment, including but not limited to any significant cost or expense.
(b) Benefits that the individual must take steps to obtain include but are not limited to annuities, retirement, veterans' benefits, social security disability income (SSDI), railroad retirement, and unemployment compensation.
(c) If eligibility or ineligibility for other benefits cannot be verified electronically, an official letter from the paying entity or financial institution is sufficient to verify the benefit.
(5) In accordance with 42 CFR 435.610 (as in effect on March 1, 2016), assign to the state of Ohio any rights to medical support and payments for medical care from any third party for:
(a) The individual, and
(b) Any medicaid-eligible individual for whom the individual is legally able to make an assignment.
(6) Cooperate with the child support enforcement agency (CSEA) in establishing the paternity of any medicaid eligible child, in accordance with 42 C.F.R. 433.147 (as in effect on March 1, 2016), unless the individual:
(a) Is not receiving medical assistance for himself or herself;
(b) Is a pregnant woman, including her sixty day post-partum period;
(c) Provides good cause as determined by the local CSEA; or
(d) Is receiving transitional medical assistance.
(7) Cooperate with the administrative agency in identifying and providing information to assist the state in pursuing any third party who may be liable to pay for care and services. To meet this condition, the individual must provide the name of the insurance company, billing address, subscriber identification number, group number, name of policy holder, and a list of covered individuals. In addition, the individual must cooperate with requests:
(a) From a third-party insurance company to provide additional information that is required to authorize coverage or obtain benefits through the third party insurance company.
(b) From a medicaid provider, managed care plan, or a managed care plan's contracted provider to provide additional information that is required for the provider or plan to obtain payments from a third-party insurance company for medicaid covered services.
(c) From a third-party insurance company, medicaid provider, managed care plan, or a managed care plan's contracted provider to forward or return to the third-party insurance company, medicaid provider, managed care plan, or managed care plan's contracted provider any payments received from the third-party insurance company for medicaid covered services when:
(i) The provider has billed the third-party insurance company for medicaid covered services provided to the individual, and
(ii) The third-party insurance company has sent payment to the individual for medicaid covered services the individual received from the provider.
(8) Meet all eligibility requirements for an eligibility category set out in an approved state plan amendment, Chapter 5160:1-2, 5160:1-3, 5160:1-4, 5160:1-5, or 5160:1-6 of the Administrative Code, including:
(a) Income requirements for the eligibility category.
(i) If an individual's declared income exceeds the relevant federal poverty level (FPL) threshold, the individual's declared income will be accepted without further verification.
(ii) If an individual's declared income is reasonably compatible with data available through an electronic data source, the individual's declared income will be accepted without further verification.
(iii) If the administrative agency is unable to verify income through an electronic data source, acceptable verification documentation includes, but is not limited to:
(a) Information maintained as a regular part of business by a government entity;
(b) A current pay stub;
(c) An award letter from a certifying agency;
(d) IRS form 1099 or other tax documents; or
(e) Employer statement including hourly or salary wage, hours worked per pay period, length of pay period and any tax withholdings.
(b) Resource and asset requirements for the eligibility category. If the administrative agency is unable to verify the value of an individual's resources through an electronic data source, acceptable verification documentation includes, but is not limited to:
(i) Information maintained as a regular part of business by a government entity;
(ii) A financial institution statement; or
(iii) Legal documents.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 08/01/2021
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5162.03, 5163.02, 5164.02
Rule Amplifies: 5162.03, 5163.02, 5164.02
Prior Effective Dates: 10/01/2013