WAC 182-503-0050

Effective October 1, 2013

WAC 182-503-0050 Washington apple health -- Verification requirements.

For the purposes of this section, "we" refers to HCA or its designee and "you" refers to the applicant for, or recipient of, health care coverage. We have different eligibility verification processes and standards depending on whether the Washington apple health (WAH) program is a MAGI-based WAH program, a non-MAGI-based WAH program, or a deemed eligible program as described in WAC 182-503-0510

(1) We may ask for verification of information at the time of application, renewal, or when you report a change in your household circumstances.

(2) The following provisions apply to all WAH programs.

(a) If the verification we require costs money, we will pay for it or get the information in another way.

(b) We use information from various data sources including, but not limited to, those listed below before asking you to provide information:

(i) Washington state employment security department;

(ii) The Internal Revenue Service;

(iii) United States Department of Homeland Security;

(iv) The Social Security Administration;

(v) Other state and federal data bases;

(vi) Other commercially available electronic data bases; and

(vii) Third-party contacts such as employers, landlords, and insurance companies.

(c) Following data-matching, we will only ask you for more information if:

(i) Information cannot be verified through a data-match;

(ii) The data-match is not reasonably compatible (as defined in WAC 182-500-0095) with the information you self-attested to or other sources; or

(iii) The information you self-attested to is contradictory, confusing, or outdated.

(d) When we need more information from you to determine your eligibility for WAH coverage, we send all notices according to the requirements of WAC 182-518-0015 and follow the rules below:

(i) If you are eligible for equal access services as described in WAC 182-503-0120 or limited-English proficiency services as described in WAC 182-503-0110, we help you comply with the requirements of this section.

(ii) We will not deny or delay your application because you fail to provide the information in a particular type or form. We must accept and consider alternative verification.

(iii) If you request more time to provide information, we allow you the time requested.

(iv) We will not deny you eligibility during any time period we have given you to provide more information unless we have conclusive evidence of your ineligibility.

(v) If we do not timely receive your information, we determine your eligibility based on the information we already received. If we cannot determine your eligibility, we deny or terminate your WAH coverage and send you a notice that states when we will reconsider the application as described in WAC 182-503-0080.

(vi) Once we verify an eligibility factor that is not subject to change, we will not require ongoing or additional verification of that factor. This includes, but is not limited to, family relationships; Social Security numbers; and dates of birth, death, marriage, dissolution of marriage, or legal separation.

(3) If you are applying for MAGI-based programs:

(a) Except as described in (b) of this subsection, we must accept your self-attestation (defined in WAC 182-500-0100) of eligibility factors (including your income and tax deductions). If your self-attestation indicates eligibility, we find you eligible for MAGI-based WAH.

(b) We follow the procedures in subsection (1) of this section and use data-matching to verify your citizenship or immigration status, and Social Security number. If we are unable to verify a required eligibility factor through data-matching, we ask you to provide the verification we need.

(c) After we have determined your eligibility, we may conduct a post-eligibility review to verify your self-attestation. We use various means to verify your circumstances including, but not limited to, information that is available from the following sources. We may also contact you or other people to clarify the information you provided.

(i) The supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP).

(ii) Department of social and health services cash programs, including temporary assistance for needy families (TANF), diversion cash assistance (DCA), refugee cash assistance (RCA), aged, blind, and disabled cash assistance (ABD), and pregnant women's cash assistance (PWA).

(4) If you are applying for non-MAGI-based programs:

(a) We must first verify your eligibility factors according to MAGI-based standards described in subsection (2) of this section. If you are eligible for a MAGI-based WAH program, we must find you eligible for that program.

(b) Even if you are eligible for MAGI-based coverage, we may still consider you for non-MAGI-based programs if the programs offer you services or coverage options that are not available in MAGI-based programs.

(c) We may need additional verification to determine eligibility for non-MAGI-based programs including, but not limited to:

(i) Income and income deductions;

(ii) Medical expenses required to meet a spenddown liability (see WAC 182-519-0110);

(iii) Medical expenses and other post-eligibility deductions used to determine eligibility for long-term care programs (see WAC 182-513-1380);

(iv) Resources; and

(v) Any other questionable information.

(d) Additional eligibility factors and verification standards are described in:

(i) Chapter 182-507 WAC, refugee medical and alien medical programs;

(ii) Chapter 182-508 WAC, medical care services;

(iii) Chapter 182-511 WAC, WAH for workers with disabilities;

(iv) Chapter 182-512 WAC, SSI-related medical programs;

(v) Chapters 182-513 and 182-515 WAC, SSI-related long-term care programs;

(vi) Chapter 182-517 WAC, medicare savings programs; and

(vii) Chapter 182-519 WAC, medically needy and spenddown programs.

(5) If you are determined eligible for one of the programs described in WAC 182-503-0510(4), we do not require additional verification of information from you.

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