Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Kansas Family Medical Assistance

Manual (KFMAM)


Eligibility Policy - 12/16/2019

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02050 Residence - A client must be a resident of the state.

For all medical programs, a resident is one who is living in the state voluntarily and not for a temporary purpose (i.e., with no intention of leaving). Temporary absence from the state, with subsequent returns to the state, or intent to return when the purpose of the absence has been accomplished shall not interrupt continuity of residence. See also 02140 regarding temporary absence of children or parents. In addition, individuals who continue to receive a Kansas state supplementary payment while living out-of-state are regarded as Kansas residents.

For Medical programs, residence can be established for persons who are living in the state with a job commitment or who are seeking employment in the state, including temporary stays. This would include migrant workers (both farm and construction) and their family members living with them in the state. The following provisions apply to a non-institutionalized individual:

1) An individual who is legally competent and capable of acting in his or her own behalf shall choose his or her state of residence as either the state the individual is living with the intent to reside (including without a permanent address), or the state the individual entered with a job commitment or for seeking employment (even if not currently employed).

2) The state of residence for each individual who is not legally competent or capable of acting in their behalf shall be either the state in which the individual is living (including without a permanent address) or the state in which the individual's parent or caretaker resides (if living with a parent or caretaker).

For individuals residing in an institution, see KEESM 2152.


2051 Duplicate Benefits - Residence can be established in a month regardless of whether the person has received benefits from another state in that month.

Persons who move from another state can receive medical benefits in Kansas in the month he or she moves from that state. For medical, the person must be otherwise eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

2052 Institutionalization - For medical assistance, the following criteria apply to persons who are institutionalized:

2052.01 - An individual who is placed by a state agency into an out-of-state institution retains residence in the state making the placement. Thus, individuals who are placed in care facilities outside of Kansas by DCF retain their Kansas residence.

Providing basic information to individuals about another state's Medicaid program or about the availability of health care services and facilities in another state does not constitute a placement action. This would also include assisting an individual in locating an institution in another state provided the individual was capable of intent and independently decided to move.

2052.02 - For individuals who become incapable of intent before the age of 21 or who are under the age of 21, the state of residence is the state in which their parents or legal guardian reside for applicants or in which they did reside at the time of institutional placement for recipients. If the parents live in different states, the state of residence of the parent making application shall be applicable.

Individuals are considered incapable of intent if: their IQ is 49 or less; or they have a mental age of 7 or less based on reliable tests; or they are judged legally incompetent; or there is medical and social documentation to support a finding that they are incapable of intent.

2052.03 - For individuals who become incapable of intent on or after age 21, the state of residence is the state in which they are physically residing.

2052.04 - For all other institutionalized individuals, the state of residence is the state in which the individual is living with the intention to remain there permanently or for an indefinite period.

NOTE: In addition Kansas has entered into interstate residence agreements with the following states: California, Florida, Kentucky, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. The agreement states that individuals residing in a Medicaid approved institution for long term care in one of the above-named states who would be Kansas residents under (2) or (3) shall be deemed residents of that state for purposes of medical assistance unless the person was placed there by Kansas state or local government personnel. The reciprocal situation is also covered in the agreement. Refer to KEESM 8112 for definition of a Medicaid approved institution.

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