DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES
Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance
Excluded Earnings of Temporary Census Workers
NATURE OF THE PROCEEDINGS:
Delaware Health and Social Services (“Department”) / Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance initiated proceedings to amend Title XIX Medicaid State Plan regarding Excluded Earnings of Temporary Census Workers, specifically, to add additional eligibility groups to that exclusion. 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 September 2019 Delaware Register of Regulations, requiring written materials and suggestions from the public concerning the proposed regulations to be produced by October 1, 2019 at which time the Department would receive information, factual evidence and public comment to the said proposed changes to the regulations.
SUMMARY OF PROPOSAL
Effective for services provided on and after October 1, 2019 Delaware Health and Social Services/Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DHSS/DMMA) proposes to amend Supplement 8A to Attachment 2.6 A Page 2 of Title XIX Medicaid State Plan regarding Excluded Earnings of Temporary Census Workers, specifically, to add additional eligibility groups to that exclusion.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) allows states to exclude the earned income of temporary census workers for purposes of eligibility. The Delaware state plan currently excluded earnings of temporary census workers to ensure that individuals (and their families), who are temporarily hired by the Census Bureau to assist in Census activities, do not lose eligibility for Medicaid because of the income they receive from employment with the Census Bureau. The purpose of this amendment is to add additional eligibility groups to that exclusion.
CMS, Informational Bulletin dated July 3, 2019, Temporary Census Income and Medicaid and CHIP Eligibility
To add additional eligibility groups to that exclusion.
In accordance with the federal public notice requirements established at Section 1902(a)(13)(A) of the Social Security Act and 42 CFR 447.205 and the state public notice requirements of Title 29, Chapter 101 of the Delaware Code, Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS)/Division of Medicaid and Medical Assistance (DMMA) gives public notice and provides an open comment period for thirty (30) days to allow all stakeholders an opportunity to provide input on the proposed regulation. Comments were to have been received by 4:30 p.m. on October 1, 2019.
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Review and Approval
The provisions of this state plan amendment (SPA) are subject to approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The draft SPA page(s) may undergo further revisions before and after submittal to CMS based upon public comment and/or CMS feedback. The final version may be subject to significant change.
Provider Manuals and Communications Update
Also, there may be additional provider manuals that may require updates as a result of these changes. The applicable Delaware Medical Assistance Program (DMAP) Provider Policy Specific Manuals and/or Delaware Medical Assistance Portal will be updated. Manual updates, revised pages or additions to the provider manual are issued, as required, for new policy, policy clarification, and/or revisions to the DMAP program. Provider billing guidelines or instructions to incorporate any new requirement may also be issued. A newsletter system is utilized to distribute new or revised manual material and to provide any other pertinent information regarding DMAP updates. DMAP updates are available on the Delaware Medical Assistance Portal website:
Fiscal Impact Statement
There is no anticipated fiscal impact.
Summary of Comments Received with Agency Response and Explanation of Changes
No comments were received related to the stated change.
FINDINGS OF FACT:
The Department finds that the proposed changes as set forth in the September 2019 Register of Regulations should be adopted.
THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED, that the proposed regulation to amend Title XIX Medicaid State Plan regarding Excluded Earnings of Temporary Census Workers, specifically, to add additional eligibility groups to that exclusion, is adopted and shall be final effective December 11, 2019.
Date of Signature
Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, Secretary,
Supplement 8A to Attachment 2.6A
STATE PLAN UNDER TITLE XIX OF THE SOCIAL SECURITY ACT
LESS RESTRICTIVE METHODS OF TREATING INCOME
UNDER SECTION 1902(r)(2) OF THE ACT
All wages paid by the U.S. Census Bureau for temporary employment related to Decimal Decennial Census activities are excluded for the eligibility groups listed below:
For 1902 mandatory eligibility groups:
For optional categorically needy groups under 1902 as listed below:
NOTE: The Special Income Level Group under 1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(V), the Individuals Who Would
be Eligible if In an Institution Group under 1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(VI) and the Hospice Group under
1902(a)(10)(A)(ii)(Vii) cannot be included in this disregard.
For 1905(p) eligibility groups: