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TITLE 1ADMINISTRATION
PART 15TEXAS HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMISSION
CHAPTER 361MEDICAID BUY-IN FOR CHILDREN PROGRAM
RULE §361.115Cost Sharing

(a) Monthly premium requirements for the months after the eligibility certification month. After HHSC establishes MBIC eligibility, HHSC or its designee sends the recipient written notice of the monthly premium amount and the due date for the monthly premium payment. HHSC provides a grace period of 60 days from the date on which the monthly premium is past due for the recipient to pay the monthly premium, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. §1396o(i)(3). If HHSC does not receive a monthly premium payment within the grace period, then HHSC terminates MBIC eligibility, effective the first day of the month after the grace period ends.

(b) Monthly premium requirements for the three months prior to the application month. As described in §361.119 of this chapter (relating to Medical Effective Date), an applicant may receive MBIC coverage for up to three months prior to the application month if the applicant meets the MBIC eligibility requirements. A month prior to the application month is a retroactive month. Prior to certifying MBIC eligibility for a retroactive month, HHSC or its designee sends the applicant written notice of the monthly premium amount for each eligible retroactive month and the due date for the monthly premium payment. HHSC provides the applicant at least 60 days to submit the premium payment for eligible retroactive months, in accordance with 42 U.S.C. §1396o(i)(3). HHSC or its designee must receive, by the due date, a full premium payment for at least one of the eligible retroactive months to certify MBIC eligibility for a retroactive month. If HHSC or its designee receives a premium payment that is less than the total amount due for all of the eligible retroactive months, then HHSC or its designee applies the amount to the eligible retroactive months in reverse chronological order.

(c) Monthly premium amounts. HHSC determines the monthly premium amounts on a sliding scale based on total monthly income as described in §361.111(c)(3)(A) of this chapter (relating to Income).

  (1) For a recipient who is not enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance, HHSC establishes full monthly premium amounts, up to the maximum amounts allowed by federal law.

  (2) For a recipient who is enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance and who receives premium assistance from HHSC under §1906 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. §1396e), HHSC establishes reduced monthly premium amounts.

(d) Monthly premium amounts for a family with more than one MBIC recipient. If there is more than one MBIC recipient in a family, the family pays only one monthly premium amount.

(e) Undue hardship waivers. HHSC may, in its discretion, waive monthly premiums for undue hardship. HHSC determines eligibility for the undue hardship waivers described in paragraphs (1), (2), and (3) of this subsection based on information provided at application or information provided as described in §361.105 of this chapter (relating to Applying and Providing Information). A recipient must apply for the undue hardship waiver described in paragraph (4) of this subsection. HHSC does not waive monthly premiums for any months prior to the application month.

  (1) A recipient who is an American Indian or Alaska Native as defined in 25 U.S.C. §§1603(c), 1603(f), 1679(b) or who has been determined eligible, as an Indian, pursuant to 42 CFR §136.12 or Title V of the Indian Health Care Improvement Act, to receive health care services is exempt from monthly premiums for the duration of enrollment in MBIC.

  (2) A recipient who is enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance, as determined by HHSC, and who does not receive premium assistance from HHSC under §1906 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. §1396e) is exempt from monthly premiums for MBIC as long as the recipient remains enrolled in employer-sponsored health insurance and is not receiving premium assistance.

  (3) A recipient residing in a federally declared disaster area is exempt from monthly premiums for three months beginning with the month in which the disaster is declared. A recipient may only receive one undue hardship waiver per disaster.

  (4) A recipient or authorized representative may apply for an undue hardship waiver for loss of income.

    (A) HHSC may grant an undue hardship waiver for loss of income if the loss of income is due to:

      (i) termination of employment because of a layoff or business closing;

      (ii) an involuntary reduction in work hours;

      (iii) a parent leaving the household because of divorce or separation; or

      (iv) a parent's death.

    (B) A recipient who is determined by HHSC to be eligible for an undue hardship waiver for loss of income may be exempt from monthly premiums for three months.

    (C) A recipient may only receive one undue hardship waiver for loss of income per 12 months.

    (D) An undue hardship waiver for loss of income begins the first month for which HHSC or its designee did not receive a premium payment for the recipient.

(f) Cost-share limits. A recipient is exempt from monthly premiums for the remainder of the coverage period when the cost-share expenditures for the recipient reach the cost-share limit. HHSC determines the cost-share limit for a recipient, up to the maximum allowed by 42 U.S.C. §1396o(i)(2)(A).

(g) Tracking cost-share expenditures. For a recipient without employer-sponsored health insurance, HHSC or its designee determines when MBIC premium payments reach the cost-share limit. A recipient with employer-sponsored health insurance must track cost-share expenditures on the form provided by HHSC or its designee and report to HHSC or its designee when the annual cost-share limit is reached. Eligible cost-share expenditures include the monthly premiums for MBIC and cost sharing for employer-sponsored health insurance. HHSC or its designee:

  (1) computes the cost-share limit for each recipient and informs the recipient of the cost-share limit at enrollment;

  (2) provides the recipient with a form for keeping track of monthly premiums for MBIC and cost sharing for employer-sponsored health insurance; and

  (3) provides a refund if HHSC receives a monthly premium payment that causes the recipient to exceed the cost-share limit.


Source Note: The provisions of this §361.115 adopted to be effective January 1, 2011, 35 TexReg 11572

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