Kansas Department of Health & Environment

Kansas Family Medical Assistance

Manual (KFMAM)

Eligibility Policy - 10/16/2021

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02570 HIPPS Payment Process - As noted above, if the health insurance coverage is determined to be cost effective, the client will be notified of the decision along with the employer and/or insurance company. If the individual is not currently enrolled in the health plan, he or she is required to complete that process. As indicated previously, the client must enroll as a condition of eligibility. Failure to do so would result in ineligibility for only the affected client. See item 2560 below. The fiscal agent will inform field staff if the individual has failed to cooperate around the enrollment process so that negative action can be taken.

Once the enrollment process is complete, the payment process will be determined. Payment will only be made starting with the month of enrollment, not for any prior months. The primary payment issue will be concerning the premiums since all cost-sharing charges will be handled through the normal claims process. All coverage that is purchased for an individual or family will be automatically entered into the TPR files at by the fiscal agent.

2571 Payment of Premiums - Premiums will likely be paid directly to the employer or insurance company so that the client will not be directly involved. However, there will be some instances in which such an arrangement cannot be made, such as when the employer requires that coverage be paid for only through a payroll deduction. In these instances, the fiscal agent will have to arrange for a direct reimbursement check to the client. A process has been established to provide such payments. These would be made in a timely fashion as soon after the payment has been made by the client as possible. This should generally be within two weeks' time at most. Such reimbursement checks would be exempt as income per 5400.

Verification of any payroll deduction will usually not be required of field staff as the fiscal agent will have this information at the time of enrollment in order to begin making direct payments. Staff should reverify this information at the time of each review if there are no other changes in the interim. If the client must make other payment arrangements such as paying the insurance company directly, field staff will need to request verification from the client for reimbursement purposes. No reimbursement payment will be made without such verification.

Should the client discontinue the payroll deductions or other insurance payments, negative action would need to be taken to terminate eligibility for the individual. If the fiscal agent become aware of payments being discontinued or of enrollment being terminated, they will contact the Case Manager. If the Case Manager becomes aware of such instances, they are to refer the information to the fiscal agent immediately to stop reimbursement and take negative action as quickly as possible.

2572 Termination of Payments - As previously mentioned, there are a number of changes that could lead to the termination of premium payments. This would include changes in circumstances that result in loss of cost-effectiveness, elimination of coverage by the employer or insurance company, loss of eligibility or employment, change in employment, and disenrollment in the plan by the client. In all instances, payment will be stopped as soon as possible and the client will be notified of this by the HIPPS unit. Clients will be given as much advance notice as possible of the payment termination and they will be instructed to contact the employer or insurance company if they wish to retain coverage on their own.

Staff will receive copies of the termination notices sent for case file purposes. No further follow up action is required of staff other than to pursue any potential effects on eligibility as indicated in item 2590 below.

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