Iowa Admin. Code r. 441-75.58 - Need standards

Current through Register Vol. 44, No. 20, April 6, 2022

(1) Definition of eligible group. The eligible group consists of all eligible persons specified below and living together, except when one or more of these persons have elected to receive supplemental security income under Title XVI of the Social Security Act or are voluntarily excluded in accordance with the provisions of rule 441-75.59 (249A). There shall be at least one child, which may be an unborn child, in the eligible group except when the only eligible child is receiving supplemental security income.
a. The following persons shall be included (except as otherwise provided in these rules) without regard to the person's employment status, income or resources:
(1) All dependent children who are siblings of whole or half blood or adoptive.
(2) Any parent of such children, if the parent is living in the same home as the dependent children.
b. The following persons may be included:
(1) The needy specified relative who assumes the role of parent.
(2) The needy specified relative who acts as caretaker when the parent is in the home but is unable to act as caretaker
(3) An incapacitated stepparent, upon request, when the stepparent is the legal spouse of the parent by ceremonial or common-law marriage and the stepparent does not have a child in the eligible group.
1. A stepparent is considered incapacitated when a clearly identifiable physical or mental defect has a demonstrable effect upon earning capacity or the performance of the homemaking duties required to maintain a home for the stepchild. The incapacity shall be expected to last for a period of at least 30 days from the date of application.
2. The determination of incapacity shall be supported by medical or psychological evidence. The evidence may be submitted either by letter from the physician or on Form 470-0447, Report on Incapacity.
3. When an examination is required and other resources are not available to meet the expense of the examination, the physician shall be authorized to make the examination and submit the claim for payment on Form 470-0502, Authorization for Examination and Claim for Payment.
4. A finding of eligibility for social security benefits or supplemental security income benefits based on disability or blindness is acceptable proof of incapacity for the family medical assistance program (FMAP) and FMAP-related program purposes.
5. A stepparent who is considered incapacitated and is receiving Medicaid shall be referred to the department of education, division of vocational rehabilitation services, for evaluation and services. Acceptance of these services is optional.
(4) The stepparent who is not incapacitated when the stepparent is the legal spouse of the parent by ceremonial or common-law marriage and the stepparent is required in the home to care for the dependent children. These services must be required to the extent that if the stepparent were not available, it would be necessary to allow for care as a deduction from earned income of the parent.
(2) Schedule of needs. The schedule of living costs represents 100 percent of the basic needs. The schedule of living costs is used to determine the needs of individuals when these needs must be determined in accordance with the schedule of needs defined at rule 441-75.50 (249A). The 185 percent schedule is included for the determination of eligibility in accordance with rule 441-75.57 (249 A). The schedule of basic needs is used to determine the basic needs of those persons whose needs are included in the eligible group. The eligible group is considered a separate and distinct group without regard to the presence in the home of other persons, regardless of relationship to or whether they have a liability to support members of the eligible group. The schedule of basic needs is also used to determine the needs of persons not included in the eligible group. The percentage of basic needs paid to one or more persons as compared to the schedule of living costs is shown on the chart below:

SCHEDULE OF NEEDS

Number of Persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Each Additional Person
Test 1 185% of Living Costs 675.25 1330.15 1570.65 1824.10 2020.20 2249.60 2469.75 2695.45 2915.60 3189.40 320.05
Test 2 Schedule of Living Costs 365 719 849 986 1092 1216 1335 1457 1576 1724 173
Tests Schedule of Basic Needs 183 361 426 495 548 610 670 731 791 865 87
Ratio of Basic Needs to Living Costs 50.18 50.18 50.18 50.18 50.18 50.18 50.18 50.18 50.18 50.18 50.18

CHART OF BASIC NEEDS COMPONENTS (all figures are on a per person basis)

Number of Persons 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 or More
Shelter 77.14 65.81 47.10 35.20 31.74 26.28 25.69 22.52 20.91 20.58
Utilities 19.29 16.45 11.77 8.80 7.93 6.57 6.42 5.63 5.23 5.14
Household Supplies 4.27 5.33 4.01 3.75 3.36 3.26 3.10 3.08 2.97 2.92
Food 34.49 44.98 40.31 39.11 36.65 37.04 34.00 33.53 32.87 32.36
Clothing 11.17 11.49 8.70 8.75 6.82 6.84 6.54 6.39 6.20 6.10
Pers. Care & Supplies 3.29 3.64 2.68 2.38 2.02 1.91 1.82 1.72 1.67 1.64
Med. Chest Supplies .99 1.40 1.34 1.13 1.15 1.11 1.08 1.06 1.09 1.08
Communications 7.23 6.17 3.85 3.25 2.50 2.07 1.82 1.66 1.51 1.49
Transportation 25.13 25.23 22.24 21.38 17.43 16.59 15.24 15.79 15.44 15.19
a. The definitions of the basic need components are as follows:
(1) Shelter: Rental, taxes, upkeep, insurance, amortization.
(2) Utilities: Fuel, water, lights, water heating, refrigeration, garbage.
(3) Household supplies and replacements: Essentials associated with housekeeping and meal preparation.
(4) Food: Including school lunches..
(5) Clothing: Including layette, laundry, dry cleaning.
(6) Personal care and supplies: Including regular school supplies.
(7) Medicine chest items.
(8) Communications: Telephone, newspapers, magazines.
(9) Transportation: Including bus fares.
b. Special situations in determining eligible group:
(1) The needs of a child or children in a nonparental home shall be considered a separate eligible group when the relative is receiving Medicaid for the relative's own children.
(2) When the unmarried specified relative under the age of 19 is living in the same home with a parent or parents who receive Medicaid, the needs of the specified relative, when eligible, shall be included in the same eligible group with the parents. When the specified relative is a parent, the needs of the eligible children for whom the immarried parent is caretaker shall be included in the same eligible group. When the specified relative is a nonparental relative, the needs of the eligible children for whom the specified relative is caretaker shall be considered a separate eligible group.

When the immarried specified relative under the age of 19 is living in the same home as a parent who receives Medicaid but the specified relative is not an eligible child, need of the specified relative shall be determined in the same manner as though the specified relative had attained majority.

When the unmarried specified relative under the age of 19 is living with a nonparental relative or in an independent living arrangement, need shall be determined in the same manner as though the specified relative had attained majority.

When the unmarried specified relative is under the age of 18 and living in the same home with a parent who does not receive Medicaid, the needs of the specified relative, when eligible, shall be included in the eligible group with the children when the specified relative is a parent. When the specified relative is a nonparental relative as defined at subrule 75.55(1), only the needs of the eligible children shall be included in the eligible group. When the unmarried specified relative is aged 18, need shall be determined in the same manner as though the specified relative had attained majority.

(3) When a person who would ordinarily be in the eligible group has elected to receive supplemental security income benefits, the person, income and resources shall not be considered in determining eligibility for the rest of the family.
(4) When two individuals, married to each other, are living in a common household and the children of each of them are recipients of Medicaid, the eligibility shall be computed on the basis of their comprising one eligible group.
(5) When a child is ineligible for Medicaid, the income and resources of that child are not used in determining eligibility of the eligible group and the ineligible child is not a part of the household size. However, the income and resources of a parent who is ineligible for Medicaid are used in determining eligibility of the eligible group and the ineligible parent is counted when determining household size.

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