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16 DE Admin. Code 2000
Delaware Health and Social Services (“Department”) / Division of Social Services initiated proceedings to amend the Division of Social Services Manual (DSSM) regarding Administrative Procedures, specifically, Case Processing Procedures – Applications. The Department’s proceedings to amend its regulations were initiated pursuant to 29 Delaware Code Section 10114 and its authority as prescribed by 31 Delaware Code Section 512.
The Department published its notice of proposed regulation changes pursuant to 29 Delaware Code Section 10115 in the June 2014 Delaware Register of Regulations, requiring written materials and suggestions from the public concerning the proposed regulations to be produced June 30, 2014 at which time the Department would receive information, factual evidence and public comment to the said proposed changes to the regulations.
45 CFR §206.10, Application, determination of eligibility and furnishing of assistance
DSSM 2000, Applications, is amended to address case processing ambiguities. DSSM policy section 2000 defines an application as including a request for medical assistance. By referencing medical assistance in this section of policy, it could be assumed that all medical assistance applications are subject to the conditions established in the 2000 section of the DSSM policy. The requirements for Medical Assistance applications are addressed in DSSM policy section 14100. This policy change removes what could be interpreted as inconsistent policy for medical assistance applications.
Agency Response: DSS agrees and amends the final order regulation to reflect the suggested changes.
THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that the proposed regulation to amend the Division of Social Services Manual (DSSM) regarding Administrative Procedures, specifically, Case Processing Procedures – Applications, is adopted and shall be final effective August 10, 2014.
An application is a request for financial or medical assistance made by an individual, agency, institution, guardian, or other individual acting for the applicant with his knowledge and consent. An application must be formalized in writing and applicants must be interviewed by an application worker before an eligibility decision can be made.
Policies specific to Medical Assistance applications [and processing timelines] are found in DSSM policy section 14100.
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