Revision 11-1; Effective March 1, 2011  

The Social Security Administration (SSA) determines Medicaid eligibility for all persons who apply for SSI cash benefits. When SSA makes a determination on an application for SSI cash benefits (either approved or denied), HHSC is notified by means of the SSA/State Data Exchange System (SDX).

SSA is responsible for redetermination of SSI Medicaid eligibility. See section H-6000, Co-Payment for SSI Cases, for other special handling of SSI eligible individuals.

B-7110 Continuous Medicaid Coverage After SSI Denial for Income

Revision 20-3; Effective September 1, 2020 

Certain SSI recipients are eligible for temporary Medicaid following the loss of SSI due to excess income. Medicaid eligibility is automatically extended for a short time for the following SSI recipients:

  • children under 18 years old who receive waiver services; and
  • people who receive an increase in Social Security Disabled Adult Children (DAC) benefits or Early Aged or Disabled Widow(er)’s benefits, who have no other income.

Recipients must return the Form H1200 and be determined eligible to continue to receive Medicaid after the short-term extended period ends.  

Recipients who do not return a Form H1200 will be denied Medicaid at the end of the extended period.  If SSA reinstates the recipient’s SSI benefits, SSI Medicaid will be reinstated.  Medicaid coverage will not be extended again at subsequent SSI denials or suspensions for the following 12 months.

Correspondence

Send the following correspondence when Medicaid is extended after the loss of SSI:

If Form H1200 is received, determine ongoing eligibility for the appropriate type of Medicaid. Expedite processing applications received before the extended Medicaid coverage ends.  Expedited applications must be processed within 10 workdays from the date of application.

Children Receiving Waiver Services

Children who receive services through one of the following waiver programs are eligible to receive temporary ME-Waiver Medicaid for one month following the loss of SSI due to excess income:

  • Medically Dependent Children Program (MDCP);
  • Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS);
  • Home and Community-based Services (HCS);
  • Youth Empowerment Services (YES); or
  • Deaf Blind with Multiple Disabilities (DBMD).

Ongoing Eligibility

If Form H1200 is received, determine ongoing eligibility for ME-Waiver Medicaid.  If eligible, ME-Waiver Medicaid will remain active through the end of the month of the child’s 18th birthday.  If the child is determined not eligible under any other Medicaid type of assistance, Medicaid is denied at the end of the one-month extended period.

  • Applications submitted by the child or their parent or authorized representative do not require an associated Form H1746-A, MEPD Referral Cover Sheet.  
  • Applications submitted by program providers, including Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Local Intellectual & Developmental Disability Authorities (LIDDAs) and Local Authorities (LAs), on behalf of a child receiving extended ME-Waiver Medicaid must include an associated Form H1746-A.

SSI Eligibility

If SSI benefits are reinstated while the child is active ME-Waiver Medicaid, SSI Medicaid will be suppressed, and ME-Waiver Medicaid will remain active. This is to avoid future gaps in coverage.

If SSI benefits are active when the child turns 18, ME-Waiver Medicaid will terminate and SSI Medicaid will be reinstated.

If SSI benefits are not active when the child turns 18, ME-Waiver Medicaid will remain active and will follow the regular renewal process.

Recipients of DAC or Widow/Widower Benefits

SSI recipients denied due to an increase in or receipt of RSDI disabled adult children’s benefits or widow/widower’s benefits, who do not receive income other than RSDI, are eligible to receive temporary Medicaid for two months following the loss of SSI.

  • People receiving Social Security DAC benefits are eligible for ME-DAC Medicaid. (Note: People receiving SSI and QMB will receive ME-DAC and MC-QMB.)
  • People receiving Social Security Early Aged or Disabled Widow/Widower’s benefits are eligible for ME-Disabled Widow(er) or ME-Early Aged Widow(er) Medicaid.

If Form H1200 is received, determine ongoing eligibility for the appropriate type of Medicaid, ME-DAC, ME-Disabled Widow(er) or ME-Early Aged Widow(er).  If the recipient is determined not eligible, Medicaid will be denied at the end of the two-month extended period.

Related Policy

Supplemental Security Income (SSI), A-2100
Disabled Adult Children (DAC), A-2310
Pickle, A-2330
Widow(er)s, A-2340
SSI Applications, B-7100
When Deeming Procedures Are Not Used, E-7200