Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Kansas Family Medical Assistance

Manual (KFMAM)


Eligibility Policy - 8/21/2019

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1505.06 Expedited Fair Hearing - A request to expedite the fair hearing process may be granted for an appellant who demonstrates an urgent medical need. The request may be made either at the time the fair hearing is filed or any time thereafter up to the actual date of the scheduled hearing. If granted, the hearing will be scheduled as soon as possible. If the expedited request is denied, the hearing process will proceed on a normal schedule.

The following additional provisions apply:

(1) Request - As indicated above, a request to expedite the fair hearing process may be made at the time of the request for fair hearing or at any time prior to the scheduled hearing. If the expedited request is received after the original fair hearing is filed, it is important to note that this is not a separate hearing request, but rather simply a request to expedite the process for the previously filed hearing request. Therefore, to avoid duplicating appeals, whenever an expedited request is received, staff should ascertain whether or not there is already an existing active appeal.

(2) Documentation - An expedited request cannot be granted without documentation supporting a claim of urgent medical need. The documentation must be provided at the time of the expedited request. The supporting documentation should be based on medical records and/or the written opinion of a medical professional familiar with the appellant’s condition and circumstances. A simple statement of medical need is not sufficient proof of an urgent medical need, nor are self-serving statements provided by the appellant or by family and friends lacking medical credentials.

Note: Refusal or failure to supply supporting documentation with the expedited processing request will result in an automatic denial of the request.

(3) Evaluation - The documentation provided shall be reviewed by KDHE-DHCF clinical staff to determine if the appellant has an urgent medical need which necessitates the need to expedite the fair hearing. An urgent medical need means that the appellant’s life, health or ability to attain, maintain, or regain maximum function is in jeopardy if the hearing is not expedited.

As indicated above, the determination will be based on the documentation (i.e.: medical records and/or medical professional statement) provided at the time of the expedited request. That determination is then forwarded to the Fair Hearings Manager.

Please note that this evaluation is not the same as a disability determination for eligibility purposes. The purpose of the review is to determine if an urgent medical need exists which warrants expediting the fair hearing process. The review is not intended to determine if the appellant meets the disability criteria for disability-related medical assistance programs.

(4) Decision- Based on the evaluation completed by the clinical team reported to the Fair Hearings Manager, the expedited request shall be either denied or approved.

(a) Denied - If the expedited request is approved, the Fair Hearings Manager will contact the Office of Administrative Hearings to schedule the hearing as expeditiously as possible, but no later than 7 working days after the date the expedited request is received. The Clearinghouse shall also complete the Appeal Summary and forward to the Office of Administrative Hearings as expeditiously as possible, but no later than 15 days from the date the fair hearing request is received ,see 1505.4.

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