Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Kansas Family Medical Assistance

Manual (KFMAM)


Eligibility Policy - 9/16/2021

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2052.05 Incarcerated Minors - Federal regulations prohibit states from fully terminating Medicaid coverage for children under the age of 21 and Aged Out Foster Care (AGO) recipients who become inmates of public institutions, i.e. correctional facilities, on or after October 24, 2019. When an Medicaid recipient in this category becomes institutionalized in this manner, coverage is suspended vs. terminated, meaning that while coverage is inaccessible while they are in a detained/incarcerated status, it will be reinstated upon their release without a new application being required as long as they remain eligible based on current circumstances. Likewise, applications received on behalf of individuals in this category who are currently in a detention placement must be accepted and determined for Medicaid eligibility; if determined eligible while incarcerated, a new application will not be required for redetermination upon release.

Note: At this time, this policy only applies to Medicaid individuals (PLN or M-CHIP) and not to CHIP.

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