Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Kansas Family Medical Assistance

Manual (KFMAM)


Eligibility Policy - 8/21/2019

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02140 Temporary Absence of A Child or Caretaker - A child or caretaker who remains a part of the household, but is, or is expected to be, out of the home for 180 consecutive days or less, shall, if otherwise eligible, qualify to receive assistance. In addition, a caretaker who is out of the home for employment or to fulfill a work requirement shall also qualify as a part of the household regardless of the length of time away. A child who is out of the home for a temporary visit with the non custodial parent and who is expected to return within 180 days shall remain on the custodial parent's medical case and CSS (if MA CM) shall be notified of the absence. A child out of the home attending school or in Job Corps remains a part of the household as long as he/she intends to return to the household, regardless of the expected length of absence. The determining factor in the case of a temporarily absent child shall be the caretaker's continued responsibility for the care and control of the absent child. The determining factor in the case of a temporarily absent caretaker shall be the caretaker's continued responsibility for the care and control of the children remaining in the home.

Note: A child may be out of the home for purposes such as visiting the absent parent or vacation. Even though the caretaker's responsibility for care and control is lost, as long as the absence is less than 180 days, they are still considered a caretaker.

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