MR #13.05: AABD Grant Adjustment and Sheltered Care Rate Increases - 2013

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02/14/13

Summary:

  • The Grant Adjustment and the Sheltered, Personal, and Nursing Care allowances are being increased due to the 2013 1.7% SSI cost of living increase.
  • The Grant Adjustment allowance is increased by $12.00 to $531.90 effective 03/01/13. Use the new amount for any AABD Cash case approved on or after 02/21/13.
  • The Sheltered, Personal, and Nursing Care allowances are increased by $12.00 effective 03/01/13. Use the new amounts for any AABD Cash case approved on or after 02/21/13.
  • The system will centrally change the Grant Adjustment and the Sheltered, Personal, or Nursing Care allowance for all AABD Cash cases on the regular rolls for March 2013, as of 02/21/13.
  • For AABD medical customers receiving sheltered care, or personal or nursing care in a home not subject to licensing, use the increased rates as follows:
    • At Intake, for all determinations made for 03/13 or later.
    • For active cases, at the next redetermination of eligibility, whenever income or resources are recalculated, or whenever medical expenses are presented to meet spenddown for 03/13.
  • Obsoletes Item 90 code 807 - Advanced Earned Income Credit Payment. A federal law signed 08/10/10 repealed the advance payment option of the earned income tax credit, effective for tax years after December 31, 2010. Workers are no longer able to receive an advance payment of the EITC through their employer. This was referenced in a previous Action memo dated 12/08/10.

Due to the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 1.7% cost of living increase effective January 2013, we are increasing the Grant Adjustment allowance and the Sheltered, Personal, and Nursing Care rates.

Grant Adjustment Increase - AABD Cash

Beginning March 2013, the Grant Adjustment allowance is increased by $12.00 to $531.90. This allows the SSI increase to be passed on to the AABD Cash customer without reducing their AABD benefit amount. Use the new Grant Adjustment allowance for all AABD Cash cases approved on or after 02/21/13. The system will centrally change all cases on the regular rolls for March 2013 as of 02/21/13, as part of the monthly central budgeting process which takes place at Group 01 terminal entry.

Sheltered, Personal, and Nursing Care Rate Increase - AABD Cash and Medical Cases

The allowance for individuals living in a sheltered care facility or who receive personal or nursing care in homes not subject to licensing is increased by $12.00 beginning March 2013. The Sheltered, Personal, and Nursing Care allowance is based on a point count which is determined by individual care needs, and on a county of residence.

For AABD Cash cases approved on or after 02/21/13, use the new Sheltered, Personal, or Nursing Care rates. The system will centrally change all cases on the regular rolls for March 2013 as of 02/21/13, as part of the monthly central budgeting process which takes place at Group 01 terminal entry.

For AABD Medical customers receiving sheltered care, or personal or nursing care in a home not subject to licensing, use the increased rates as follows:

  • At Intake, for all determinations made for 03/13 or later.
  • For active cases, at the next redetermination of eligibility, whenever income or resources are recalculated, or whenever medical expenses are presented to meet spenddown for 03/13 or later.

MANUAL REVISIONS

[signed copy on file]

Michelle R.B. Saddler

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

Julie Hamos

Director, Illinois Department of HealthCare and Family Services