Revision 09-4; Effective December 1, 2009
§358.540. Medical Effective Date.
(a) If a person is eligible for a Medicaid-funded program for the elderly and people with disabilities (MEPD), the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) includes in the notice of eligibility the date that the person's Medicaid benefits will begin, which is known as the medical effective date.
(b) HHSC determines the medical effective date:
(1) in accordance with 42 CFR §435.914, as the first day of the month in which a person meets all eligibility criteria, which may be up to three months before the date of application if:
(A) during the three months before the month of application, the person received MEPD services covered under the Texas State Plan for Medical Assistance; and
(B) would have been eligible for MEPD at the time the services were received if the person had applied (or someone had applied on behalf of the person), regardless of whether the person is alive when application for MEPD is made; or
(2) as approved by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for a §1915(c) waiver program.
§358.535. Notice of Eligibility Determination.
(a) After making an initial eligibility determination, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) sends the applicant, in accordance with 42 CFR §435.912:
(1) a written notice of eligibility, including notice of any co-payment the person must pay and the medical effective date described in §358.540 of this subchapter (relating to Medical Effective Date); or
(2) a written notice of ineligibility, explaining the reason for the decision and the specific provision supporting the decision.
(b) After making an eligibility redetermination, HHSC sends the recipient a written notice of any change in eligibility or co-payment.
(c) The written notice informs the applicant or recipient of the right to request a hearing to appeal the eligibility determination. The hearing is held in accordance with 42 CFR Part 431, Subpart E and HHSC's fair hearing rules in Chapter 357 of this title (relating to Hearings).