R414-305-5 - Resource Provisions for Parents and Caretaker Relatives, Pregnant Woman, and Child Under Non-MAGI-Based Community and Institutional Medicaid

R414-305-5. Resource Provisions for Parents and Caretaker Relatives, Pregnant Woman, and Child Under Non-MAGI-Based Community and Institutional Medicaid

(1) The Department determines resource eligibility for an individual under the Parents and Caretaker Relatives, Pregnant Woman, and Child non-MAGI-based Medicaid programs, as described in 45 CFR 233.20(a)(3)(i)(B)(1), (2), (3), (4), and (6), 233.20(a)(3)(vi) (A), 42 U.S.C. 604(h), 1382b(a)(13), and 1396p(d), (e), (f) and (g). The eligibility agency may not count as an available resource retained funds from sources that federal laws specifically prohibit from being counted as a resource to determine eligibility for federally-funded medical assistance programs. In addition, the eligibility agency shall apply the following rules.

(2) A resource is available when the individual owns it or has the legal right to sell or dispose of the resource for the individual's own benefit.

(3) The medically needy resource limit is $2,000 for a one-person household, $3,000 for a two-person household and $25 for each additional household member.

(4) To determine countable resources for Medicaid eligibility, the eligibility agency shall consider all available resources owned by the individual. The agency may not consider a resource unavailable based upon the individual's intent or action of disposing of non-liquid resources.

(5) The eligibility agency shall count resources of a household member who has been disqualified from Medicaid for failure to cooperate with third party liability or duty of support requirements.

(6) If a legal guardian, conservator, authorized representative, or other responsible person controls any resources of an individual, the eligibility agency shall count the resources as the individual's. The arrangement may be formal or informal.

(7) If a resource is available, but a legal impediment exists, the agency may not count the resource until it becomes available. The individual must take appropriate steps to make the resource available unless one of the following conditions exist:

(a) Reasonable action does not allow the resource to become available; and

(b) The cost of making the resource available exceeds its value.

(8) The eligibility agency shall exclude a maximum of $1,500 in equity value of one vehicle.

(9) The eligibility agency may not count as resources the value of household goods and personal belongings that are essential for day-to-day living. The agency shall count any single household good or personal belonging with a value that exceeds $1,000 toward the resource limit. The agency may not count as a resource the value of any item that a household member needs because of the household member's medical or physical condition.

(10) The eligibility agency may not count the value of one wedding ring and one engagement ring as a resource.

(11) For a non-institutionalized individual, the eligibility agency may not count the value of a life estate as an available resource if the life estate is the individual's principal residence. If the life estate is not the principal residence, the provision in Subsection R414-305-3(28) shall apply.

(12) The eligibility agency may not count the resources of a child who is not counted in the household size to determine eligibility of other household members.

(13) For a non-institutionalized individual, the eligibility agency may not count as a resource, the value of the lot on which the excluded home stands if the lot does not exceed the average size of residential lots for the community in which it is located. The agency shall count as a resource the value of the property in excess of an average size lot. If the individual is institutionalized, the provisions of Subsections R414-305-3(12), (13) and (28) shall apply to the individual's home or life estate.

(14) The agency may not count as a resource the value of water rights attached to an excluded home and lot.

(15) The eligibility agency may not count any resource or interest from a resource held within the rules of the Uniform Transfers to Minors Act. The agency shall count as a resource any money that a child receives as unearned income, which the child retains beyond the month of receipt.

(16) The eligibility agency may not count lump sum payments that an individual receives on a sales contract for the sale of an exempt home if the entire proceeds are used to purchase a new exempt home within three calendar months of when the property is sold. The eligibility agency shall grant the individual one three-month extension, if more than three months is needed to complete the actual purchase. Proceeds are defined as all payments made on the principal of the contract. Proceeds do not include interest earned on the principal.

(17) The eligibility agency shall exclude as a resource retroactive benefits received from the Social Security Administration and the Railroad Retirement Board for the first nine months after receipt.

(18) The eligibility agency shall exclude from resources a burial and funeral fund or funeral arrangement up to $1,500 for each household member who is counted in the household size. Burial and funeral agreements include burial trusts, funeral plans, and funds set aside expressly for the purposes of burial. The client shall separate and clearly designate the burial funds from the non-burial funds. The agency may not count as a resource interest earned on exempt burial funds that is left to accumulate. If an individual uses exempt burial funds for some other purpose, the agency shall count the remaining funds as an available resource beginning on the date that the funds are withdrawn.

(19) Assets of an alien's sponsor, and the sponsor's spouse, if any, when the sponsor has signed an Affidavit of Support pursuant to Section 213A of the Immigration and Nationality Act after December 18, 1997, are considered available to the alien. The eligibility agency shall stop counting a sponsor's assets when the alien becomes a naturalized U.S. citizen, or has worked 40 qualifying quarters as defined under Title II of the Social Security Act or can be credited with 40 qualifying work quarters. After December 31, 1996, a creditable qualifying work quarter is one during which the alien did not receive any federal means-tested public benefit.

(20) The eligibility agency may not consider a sponsor's assets as being available to applicants who are eligible for Medicaid for emergency services only.

(21) The eligibility agency may not count business resources that are required for employment or self-employment. The agency shall treat non-business, income-producing property in the same manner as the SSI program as defined in 42 CFR 416.1222.

(22) The eligibility agency may not count as a resource retirement funds held in an employer or union pension plan, a retirement plan or account including 401(k) plans, and Individual Retirement Accounts of a disabled parent or disabled spouse who is not included in the coverage.

(23) The eligibility agency may not count as a resource any federal tax refund and refundable credit that an individual receives for 12 months after the month of receipt.

(24) The eligibility agency may not count as income, for one year after the date of receipt, any payments that an individual receives under the Individual Indian Money Account Litigation Settlement under the Claims Resettlement Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111 291, 124 Stat. 3064.

(25) The eligibility agency may not count as resources certain property and rights of federally-recognized American Indians including:

(a) certain tribal lands held in trust which are located on or near a reservation, or allotted lands located on a previous reservation;

(b) ownership interests in rents, leases, royalties or usage rights related to natural resources (including extraction of natural resources); and

(c) ownership interests and usage rights in personal property which has unique religious, spiritual, traditional or cultural significance, and rights that support subsistence or traditional lifestyles, as defined in Section 5006(b)(1) of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Pub. L. No. 111 5, 123 Stat. 115.

(26) The eligibility agency may not count as a resource, funds held in a Utah Educational Savings Plan for the following individuals:

(a) Medically Needy Children as described in Subsection 1902(a)(10)(C)(ii)(I) of the Social Security Act;

(b) Medically Needy Children as described in Subsection 1905(a)(i) of the Social Security Act, who are 18 years old, in school, and expected to graduate before turning 19 years of age;

(c) Medically Needy Pregnant Women as describe in Subsection 1902(a)(10)(C)(ii)(II) of the Social Security Act; and

(d) Medically Needy Parents and Caretaker Relatives as described in Subsection 1905(a)(ii) of the Social Security Act.

(27) The eligibility agency may only count the portion of an asset such as a retirement plan that is legally available to an individual when that asset has been divided between two divorced spouses pursuant to a qualified domestic relations order.

(Amended by Utah State Bulletin Number 2017-19, effective 9/13/2017)

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