13 CSR 40-7.015 - Application Procedure for Family MO HealthNet Programs and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)

PURPOSE: This amendment adds paragraph 4. to subsection (4)(E) of the rule, allowing applications for family MO HealthNet programs for minors or incapacitated persons to be submitted by someone acting responsibly for the applicant. The amendment also adds paragraph 5. to subsection (4)(E) of the rule, allowing applications for family MO HealthNet programs for minors to be submitted by the minor on his/her own behalf under certain conditions. This amendment conforms the rule to federal requirements at section 435.907(a) of Title 42, Code of Federal Regulations, which governs the persons from whom the state must accept applications. The amendment also updates the authority for the overall rule. The amendment also adds language to section (6) of the rule to recognize the federal exceptions to the requirement that every person who must be included on a MO HealthNet application shall provide his/her Social Security number to the department. The exceptions being added to the regulation are exceptions currently allowed under federal law at 42 CFR 435.910(h), which governs the department's use of SSN's as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid.

(1) General application procedures for programs administered by the Family Support Division are found at 13 CSR 40-2.010. For anything in this section conflicting with the general application procedures, this regulation controls for the application procedures for Family MO HealthNet programs or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
(2) An application for Family MO HealthNet programs or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) may be obtained by contacting one (1) of the following sources:
(A) An insurance exchange, whether federally facilitated, state based, or operated on a partnership basis;
(B) The Family Support Division Contact Center;
(C) A Family Support Division office; or
(D) Accessing the Department of Social Services website www.dss.mo.gov.
(3) An application for Family MO HealthNet program or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) shall be accepted by mail, telephone, or in person at any Family Support office, or via the department's Internet website found at www.dss.mo.gov. The division shall also accept applications through providers who the division contracts with in order to facilitate eligibility decisions.
(4) The following individuals may apply for Family MO HealthNet or the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) on behalf of a participant:
(A) The participant, as defined under 13 CSR 40-7.010;
(B) An adult who is in the participant's household. For purposes of this subsection, "household" shall have the same definition as in 42 CFR section 435.603(f)(1);
(C) A member of the participant's family, as defined in 26 U.S.C section 36B(d)(1);
(D) An authorized representative of the participant;
(E) An individual with a valid power of attorney to act on behalf of the participant;
(E) (F) If the participant is an incapacitated person as defined under 475.010, RSMo-
1. A parent, spouse, and other close adult relative;
2. An authorized representative; or
3. A guardian or conservator; or
4. A public administrator; or
5. Other person appointed by a court of competent jurisdiction.

(F) An individual with a valid power of attorney to act on behalf of the participant.

(G) If the participant is a minor under age eighteen (18), an application may be submitted by the following:
1. The minor on behalf of him/herself, if any of the following conditions apply:
A. The minor is pregnant;
B. The minor has been lawfully married;
C. The minor is a parent;
D. The minor is a victim of domestic violence, as defined by section 455.010, RSMo, or meets all the criteria in section 431.056, RSMo;
E. Is a victim of trafficking offenses under section 566.203, 566.206, 566.209, 566.210, or 566.211, RSMo; or
F. The minor is emancipated.
2. For other minors not in the custody, care, or control of a parent or guardian, someone acting responsibly for the applicant. This shall include a person age eighteen (18) or over who has the capacity to enter into a contract, has primary custody, care, or control of the minor and who-
A. Is related to the applicant by blood, marriage, or adoption; or
B. Is a person who-
(I) The division reasonably determines has sufficient knowledge of the applicant's circumstances to accurately complete the application; and
(II) Has an obligation to act in the best interests of the applicant as per 13 CSR 40-2.015.
(5) The applicant shall provide and attest to the following information when making an application for Family MO HealthNet benefits or CHIP benefits:
(A) The name of each individual who resides with the participant;
(B) The name of each individual who the participant claims or intends to claim on his or her federal income tax returns;
(C) The name of any person who claims or intends to claim the participant as a dependent on his or her federal tax forms; and
(D) For the participant, and each person listed in subsections (5)(A), (5)(B), or (5)(C), the applicant shall provide the following information:
1. Relationship to the applicant;
2. Physical Address;
3. Mailing address, if different from physical address;
4. Date of Birth;
5. Gender;
6. Social Security Number, in accordance with section (6) of this rule;
7. Intent to file taxes or be claimed as a tax dependent on someone else's taxes;
8. Whether the participant is pregnant;
9. Any physical, mental, or emotional health condition that causes limitations in activities of daily living;
10. Residence in a medical facility or nursing home;
11. Citizenship or immigration status;
12. Race (optional);
13. Employment status, employer name and address, hours employed, and rate of pay;
14. Any and all sources of income and amounts;
15. Any federal tax deductions entitled for alimony paid or student loan interest;
16. Enrollment in any health care coverage, name of insurer, policy number, and any limitations on the coverage;
17. If he or she or anyone in their family is American Indian or Alaska Native. If any person is, information about tribe affiliation, services, and income received from benefits must be disclosed;
18. Details concerning any health coverage which is available to him or her through a job. This includes coverage that is offered through someone else's job, such as a parent or spouse; and
19. If a participant is a child, the name and address of any parent living outside the home.
(6) Subject to the exceptions recognized in 42 CFR 435.910(h), Social Security numbers are requested of every person for whom coverage is being requested, pursuant to subsections (5)(A), (5)(B), or (5)(C).
(A) If the person is a participant in MO HealthNet, the person's Social Security number shall be included.
(B) If the person is not a participant in MO HealthNet, the inclusion of the Social Security number is voluntary.
(C) Social Security numbers are to be used only for the purpose of determining a participant's eligibility for MO HealthNet or for a purpose directly connected to the administration of MO HealthNet.
(7) The applicant shall sign an assignment of rights to the MO HealthNet Division to pursue and recover money owed for medical expenses from any applicable insurance policies, legal settlements or judgments, or other liable or potentially liable third parties.
(8) The applicant shall sign an assignment of rights to pursue and obtain medical support from a parent or spouse who owes such a duty.
(9) The participant and applicant shall disclose all information which may impact eligibility for any MO HealthNet program. The participant and applicant have a continuing obligation to notify the division if any information specified in the application changes within ten (10) days of the change. The continuing duty includes, but is not limited to disclosing any changes in income of the participant or household member, changes in residence or mailing address, and the addition or removal of any individual from the household whose information is or was required to be submitted.
(10) The applications shall be signed under penalty of perjury, attesting to the information provided as true, accurate, and complete.


13 CSR 40-7.015
AUTHORITY: section 207.020, RSMo 2000, and section 208.991, RSMo Supp. 2013.* Original rule filed July 31, 2013, effective Feb. 28, 2014. Amended by Missouri Register October 15, 2018/Volume 43, Number 20, effective 11/30/2018

*Original authority: 207.020, RSMo 1945, amended 1961, 1965, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, 1993 and 208.991, RSMo 2013.

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