|CHANGES IN VENDOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE BUDGETING|
The Centers on Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved two changes to the budget procedure for Medical Assistance (MA) Vendor cases. First, child support payments may be allowed in determining the personal needs allowance in some cases. Second, Veteran’s Administration (VA) reduced pensions are excluded from income in determining the MA vendor surplus.
For MA Vendor cases, budget court or administratively ordered child support to increase the personal needs allowance if the conditions below are met. The administrative order must be from a State Child Support Enforcement Agency.
Budget current child support if verification is received that:
Budget child support arrearages if it is verified that:
VA Reduced Pensions
For MA Vendor cases, exclude reduced VA pensions up to $90.00 from the gross income when determining the surplus. The claimant would be entitled to the $30.00 personal needs allowance.