Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance

Statutory Authority: 31 Delaware Code, Section 512 (31 Del.C., §512)



Medicaid-Related General Assistance (GA) Program and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Program Changes

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 Title XIX Medicaid State Plan and the Division of Social Services Manual (DSSM) regarding Medicaid-related General Assistance and TANF changes.

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 November 30, 2010.

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.


The proposal amends the Title XIX Medicaid State Plan and the Division of Social Services Manual (DSSM) to comply with the Department’s decision to eliminate the General Assistance (GA) payment for children living in the home of a non-relative adult and replace it with a payment under Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This changes the category of Medicaid eligibility for these children.

Statutory Authority

1902(a)(10)(A)(ii) of the Social Security Act

1905(a)(i) of the Social Security Act

Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act 1990 (OBRA 90), Public Law 101-58

42 CFR §435.222, Individuals under age 21 who meet the income and resource requirements


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, Public Law 111-5, provides eligible States with an increased Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) through 12/31/2010. This increased FMAP was extended through 06/30/2011 under the Education, Jobs and Medical Assistance Act, Public Law 111-226.

To access the additional funds associated with the increased FMAP, each State must ensure that the eligibility standards, methodologies, or procedures under its Medicaid State Plan are not more restrictive during this period than those in effect on July, 1, 2008. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued guidance about the maintenance of effort requirements in State Medicaid Director Letter (SMDL) #09-005. As noted in the guidance, “CMS would consider changes in State eligibility policies to be more restrictive if the changes result in determinations of ineligibility for individuals who would have been considered eligible as of July 1, 2008”.

Although this proposed regulation and State Plan Amendment will eliminate the General Assistance unrelated child category (“reasonable classifications of children”), no child will lose Medicaid eligibility. The income limit under the poverty-level related group is much higher than the income limit under the General Assistance unrelated child category.

Summary of Proposal

Children under age 18 in the care of a non-relative adult will no longer receive a General Assistance cash benefit. The receipt of a General Assistance cash benefit provided Medicaid coverage under 42 CFR §435.222 which allows the State to cover reasonable classifications of certain children. This is described in the State Plan at Attachment 2.2 A, pages 12-13a, and Supplement 1 to Attachment 2.2-A.

These children will no longer receive Medicaid under this “reasonable classifications” group. Instead, these children will receive Medicaid under the poverty-level related groups as mandated by the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1990 (OBRA 1990), Public Law 101-508, and described at DSSM 16000.

Fiscal Impact Statement

These revisions impose no increase in cost on the General Fund.




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THE AGE OF 21, 20, 19, AND 18

1. Individuals under age 18 who meet the requirements of, and are in receipt of benefits from, the General Assistance Program and who also meet all the requirements of the AFDC (Title IV-A) program except that they do not qualify as dependent children.

2. 1. Children for whom the Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families (DSCYF) has custody or consent to place and who:

a. have been removed from their own home and are in a medical facility for temporary planning period prior to placement*, and

b. meet the financial eligibility standards as established by the State Plan for Title IV-A.

*The plan of care must specify placement will be made in a home or facility that is approved by DSCYF for CHILD CARE (i.e., not medical or detention facilities), to which a public agency is making payments for the specified child’s care. A home approved by DSCYF may be either with a relative or non-relative, as long as public funds are paying for the child’s care.

3. 2. Children who, at the time of their birth, are placed in the care of private agencies for the purpose of adoption, to be covered from the date of their birth until their placement with the prospective adoptive parent(s). These children meet the financial eligibility standards as established by the State Plan for Title IV-A.



13414 General Assistance RESERVED

Children under age 18 who receive General Assistance (GA) would be included in these optional groups.

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15100 General Assistance RESERVED

Any person aged 0 through 17 who is determined eligible for a General Assistance grant is also eligible for Medicaid coverage. Any individual under age 18 who is ineligible for a GA grant because of a budgeted need of $.01 to $9.99 is eligible for Medicaid.

GA recipients between age 18 and 19 can receive Federal Poverty Level related Medicaid. Uninsured GA recipients age 19 and over may be eligible as an adult in the expansion population under the Diamond State Health Plan. (See DSSM 16120 )

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16120 General Assistance (GA) Recipients RESERVED

General Assistance is a DSS cash assistance program available to families and unemployable individuals who meet certain financial and technical eligibility requirements.

An individual age 18 and under who receives GA is categorically eligible for Medicaid. An individual between age 18 and 19 who receives GA is categorically eligible under the poverty level related program for children. An individual age 19 or over who receives GA must be uninsured as defined in this section in order to be found eligible for Medicaid. Enrollment in a MCO is a technical eligibility requirement for individuals age 19 and over who receive GA. GA recipients who are age 19 or over will not receive Medicaid benefits until they are enrolled in a MCO.

14 DE Reg. 357 (11/01/10) (Prop.)