A-4300, Retroactive Coverage

A-4310 General

Revision 12-4; Effective December 1, 2012

In addition to the creation of the SSI program, Public Law 92-603 extended Medicaid benefits to cover the three-month time period before the month an application is filed with the Social Security Administration for SSI, if unpaid or reimbursable medical bills are incurred during the prior months.

Medicaid coverage also is extended to cover the three-month time period before the month an application is filed with MEPD for an ongoing MEPD program. For example, if an individual applies for ME – Nursing Facility, the eligibility specialist explores three months prior coverage.

People are potentially eligible for coverage in the prior months, regardless of their eligibility for the month of application and ongoing is approved or denied.

Note: This provision does not provide prior coverage for an application for which no MEPD program is available.

For specific program coverage, see Section G-7100, Prior Coverage for SSI Applicants, Section G-7200, Prior Coverage for Medical Assistance Only (MAO) Applicants, Section G-7210, Prior Coverage for Deceased Applicants, and Section G-7300, Prior Coverage for Aliens.

A-4320 Two Months Prior

Revision 11-4; Effective December 1, 2011

Public Law 104-193, Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), Section 3502.4, changed policy for retroactive Medicaid coverage for persons found eligible for SSI. Effective July 1997, HHSC automatically adds Medicaid coverage for the month prior to the first month of SSI cash payment due (20 CFR §416.501). The person may apply with HHSC for coverage for the two preceding months if there are unpaid or reimbursable medical bills and the person meets all Medicaid eligibility requirements in those months.

Automated System Program Identifier

TIERS – ME-SSI Prior

A-4330 Deceased Individuals

Revision 12-4; Effective December 1, 2012

Medicaid coverage is extended to a deceased person, if a bona fide agent files an application with MEPD on behalf of a deceased person. The three-month time period is the three months prior to the month the application is received by MEPD.