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256B.0635 Continued eligibility in special circumstances.

Subdivision 1. Increased employment. Beginning January 1, 1998, medical assistance may be paid for persons who received MFIP-S or medical assistance for families and children in at least three of six months preceding the month in which the person became ineligible for MFIP-S or medical assistance, if the ineligibility was due to an increase in hours of employment or employment income or due to the loss of an earned income disregard. In addition, to receive continued assistance under this section, persons who received medical assistance for families and children but did not receive MFIP-S must have had income less than or equal to the assistance standard for their family size under the state's AFDC plan in effect as of July 16, 1996, as required by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), Public Law Number 104-193, at the time medical assistance eligibility began. A person who is eligible for extended medical assistance is entitled to six months of assistance without reapplication, unless the assistance unit ceases to include a dependent child. For a person under 21 years of age, medical assistance may not be discontinued within the six-month period of extended eligibility until it has been determined that the person is not otherwise eligible for medical assistance. Medical assistance may be continued for an additional six months if the person meets all requirements for the additional six months, according to title XIX of the Social Security Act, as amended by section 303 of the Family Support Act of 1988, Public Law Number 100-485.

Subd. 2. Increased child or spousal support. Beginning January 1, 1998, medical assistance may be paid for persons who received MFIP-S or medical assistance for families and children in at least three of the six months preceding the month in which the person became ineligible for MFIP-S or medical assistance, if the ineligibility was the result of the collection of child or spousal support under part D of title IV of the Social Security Act. In addition, to receive continued assistance under this section, persons who received medical assistance for families and children but did not receive MFIP-S must have had income less than or equal to the assistance standard for their family size under the state's AFDC plan in effect as of July 16, 1996, as required by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 (PRWORA), Public Law Number 104-193, at the time medical assistance eligibility began. A person who is eligible for extended medical assistance under this subdivision is entitled to four months of assistance without reapplication, unless the assistance unit ceases to include a dependent child. For a person under 21 years of age, medical assistance may not be discontinued within the four-month period of extended eligibility until it has been determined that the person is not otherwise eligible for medical assistance.

Subd. 3. Medical assistance for MFIP-S participants who opt to discontinue monthly cash assistance. Upon federal approval, medical assistance is available to persons who received MFIP-S in at least three of the six months preceding the month in which the person opted to discontinue receiving MFIP-S cash assistance under section 256J.31, subdivision 12. A person who is eligible for medical assistance under this section may receive medical assistance without reapplication as long as the person meets MFIP-S eligibility requirements, unless the assistance unit does not include a dependent child. Medical assistance may be paid pursuant to subdivisions 1 and 2 for persons who are no longer eligible for MFIP-S due to increased employment or child support. A person may be eligible for MinnesotaCare due to increased employment or child support, and as such must be informed of the option to transition onto MinnesotaCare.

HIST: 1997 c 85 art 3 s 22; 1998 c 407 art 6 s 13