§17-658-4 - Categorical eligibility requirements and verification of those requirements for individuals applying for or receiving financial assistance as blind individuals.

§17-658-4 Categorical eligibility requirements and verification of those requirements for individuals applying for or receiving financial assistance as blind individuals.

(a) The categorical eligibility requirement for a blind individual is central visual acuity of 20/200 or worse in the better eye with correcting lens, or that the widest field of vision subtends an angle no greater that twenty degrees (tunnel vision).

(b) Verification of blindness shall be required.

(1) Eligibility for or receipt of SSI payments on the basis of blindness shall be verification of blindness.

(2) Certification of blindness by the department's blind services division, Ho'opono, shall be verification of blindness, in the absence of eligibility for or payments of SSI benefits on the basis of blindness.

(c) Recertification of blindness is not required if the department's blind services division, Ho'opono,

certifies the blind individual's condition to be permanent with little chance of improvement, and therefore specifies that reevaluation is not necessary or warranted.

(d) Recertification of blindness is required if individual's condition is not permanent, there is a possibility of improvement, or reevaluation is recommended by the department's blind services division, Ho'opono.

(1) Reevaluation shall be scheduled as recommended by Ho'opono.

(2) If no reevaluation date is indicated, recertification will be scheduled on an annual basis.

        [Eff 3/19/93; am and comp 8/1/94 ] (Auth: HRS §346-14) (Imp: HRS §§346-29; 346-30; 346-52; 346-53; 346-62; 42 C.F.R. §§435.530; 435.531)

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