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DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
Statutory Authority: 31 Delaware Code, Section 512 (31 Del.C. ยง512)
PROPOSED
PUBLIC NOTICE
Long-Term Care Program DSSM 20310.18 Tax Refunds and Advance Payments
In compliance with the State's Administrative Procedures Act (APA - Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code) and under the authority of Title 31 of the Delaware Code, Chapter 5, Section 512, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) / Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) is amending the Division of Social Services Manual (DSSM) regarding the Long-Term Care program, specifically, Tax Refunds or Advance Payments.
Any person who wishes to make written suggestions, compilations of data, testimony, briefs or other written materials concerning the proposed new regulations must submit same to Sharon L. Summers, Planning & Policy Development Unit, Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance, 1901 North DuPont Highway, P.O. Box 906, New Castle, Delaware 19720-0906 or by fax to 302-255-4425 by March 4, 2013.
The action concerning the determination of whether to adopt the proposed regulation will be based upon the results of Department and Division staff analysis and the consideration of the comments and written materials filed by other interested persons.
SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL
The proposal amends the Division of Social Services Manual (DSSM) regarding the Long-Term Care program, specifically, Tax Refunds or Advance Payments.
Statutory Authority
Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-312)
Background
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-312) was signed into law on December 17, 2010. Section 728 of this Act disregards federal tax refunds or advance payments with respect to a refundable tax credit, received after December 31, 2009, as income and as resources (for a period of 12 months after receipt) for purposes of determining eligibility for all federal or federally-assisted programs, including Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance program (CHIP). Section 728 also provides that these tax refunds and advance payments are not to be taken into account in determining the amount or extent of benefits provided under any program subject to this provision, including Medicaid and CHIP. This provision became effective December 17, 2010, and applies to tax refunds or advance payments received after December 31, 2009, but before January 1, 2013.
Summary of Proposal
DSSM 20310.18, Tax Refunds and Advance Payments: The purpose of the proposed change is to clarify that the 12 month disregard of tax refunds and advance payments only applies to the funds that are received through December 31, 2012. Any refunds/advance payments received on or after January 1, 2013 will be considered a resource if retained the month following receipt.
Fiscal Impact Statement
This revision imposes no increase in cost on the General Fund.
DMMA PROPOSED REGULATION #13-02
REVISION
20310.18 Tax Refunds and Advance Payments
The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (P. L. 111-312), which was signed into law on December 17, 2010, includes a provision that requires all programs funded in whole or in part with Federal funds, to disregard Federal tax refunds for a period of twelve months from the month of receipt.
Tax refunds and advance payments with respect to a refundable tax credit received after December 31, 2009 through December 31, 2012 are excluded from resources for the twelve calendar months following the month of receipt.
Any portion of the refund or payment that is still retained after that twelve- month period will be a countable resource.
Any retained portion of a tax refund and/or advance payment that was received on or after January 1, 2013 will be a countable resource the month following receipt.
14 DE Reg. 1364 (06/01/11)
16 DE Reg. 825 (02/01/13) (Prop.)