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§ 15-109. Allowable income levels

West's Annotated Code of MarylandHealth--GeneralEffective: April 14, 2009

West's Annotated Code of Maryland
Health--General
Title 15. Assistance Programs (Refs & Annos)
Subtitle 1. Medical and Pharmacy Assistance Programs (Refs & Annos)
Effective: April 14, 2009
MD Code, Health - General, § 15-109
§ 15-109. Allowable income levels
In general
(a) An individual is not ineligible under the Program solely because Social Security benefits received by the individual are increased, unless:
(1) The individual is considered ineligible because of the increase under applicable rules or regulations of the United States Department of Health and Human Services; and
(2) As to that individual, federal matching funds for the State Program are not available.
Yearly income levels
(b) Except as provided in § 15-103(a)(2)(ii) of this subtitle, to determine eligibility under the Program, the Department annually shall set the allowable yearly income levels in amounts at least equal to the following:
(1) Family of 1--$2,500.
(2) Family of 2--$3,000.
(3) Family of 3--$3,500.
(4) Family of 4--$4,000.
(5) Family of 5 or more--$4,500 plus an increase of $500 for each family member in excess of 5.
Federal requirements
(c) This section is effective only to the extent that its provisions do not conflict with federal requirements for the administration of the Program in this State.
Third party payments
(d) As a condition of eligibility for medical assistance, a recipient is deemed to have assigned to the Secretary of Health or the Secretary's designee any rights to payment for medical care services from any third party who has the legal liability to make payments for those services, to the extent of any payments made by the Department on behalf of the recipient.
Personal needs allowance
(e)(1) Each resident of a nursing home who is a recipient of medical assistance shall receive a personal needs allowance.
(2) After a determination of income eligibility is made for a nursing home resident under the Program, the personal needs allowance shall be deducted from the total income of the resident.
(3) The personal needs allowance for each resident of a nursing home who is a recipient of medical assistance shall be:
(i) If on or before June 30, 2002, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approve the Department's application for an amendment to the State's existing § 1115 demonstration waiver necessary to implement the Maryland Pharmacy Discount Program established under § 15-124.1 of this subtitle:
1. Beginning April 1, 2003, $50 per month;
2. Beginning July 1, 2004, $60 per month; and
3. Beginning July 1, 2005, adjusted annually by an amount not exceeding 5% to reflect the percentage by which benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.) are increased by the federal government to reflect changes in the cost of living, as that percentage change is reported in the Federal Register in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 415(a)(1)(D); or
(ii) If on or before June 30, 2002, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services do not approve the Department's application for an amendment to the State's existing § 1115 demonstration waiver necessary to implement the Maryland Pharmacy Discount Program established under § 15-124.1 of this subtitle:
1. Beginning July 1, 2003, $50 per month;
2. Beginning July 1, 2004, $60 per month; and
3. Beginning July 1, 2005, adjusted annually by an amount not exceeding 5% to reflect the percentage by which benefits under Title II of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 401 et seq.) are increased by the federal government to reflect changes in the cost of living, as that percentage change is reported in the Federal Register in accordance with 42 U.S.C. 415(a)(1)(D).
(4) The Secretary shall adopt regulations to implement this subsection.
Confidentiality
(f) Subject to the confidentiality requirements of State and federal law, the courts of this State shall admit a certified copy of a 206N form, also known as a long-term care transaction form, into evidence.

Credits

Added by Acts 1982, c. 21, § 2, eff. July 1, 1982. Amended by Acts 1986, c. 303, § 1, eff. July 1, 1986; Acts 1987, c. 286, § 1, eff. July 1, 1987; Acts 1992, c. 628, § 1, eff. July 1, 1992; Acts 1994, c. 113, § 1, eff. July 1, 1994; Acts 2002, c. 292, § 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Acts 2002, c. 293, § 1, eff. July 1, 2002; Acts 2003, c. 21, § 1, eff. April 8, 2003; Acts 2009, c. 60, § 5, eff. April 14, 2009; Acts 2017, c. 62, § 6.
Formerly Art. 43, § 42H.
MD Code, Health - General, § 15-109, MD HEALTH GEN § 15-109
Current through legislation effective through June 1, 2022, from the 2022 Regular Session of the General Assembly. Some statute sections may be more current, see credits for details.
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