mailing date

The scheduled date that medical cards are mailed to customers.

managed care

A medical service delivery program in which medical professionals plan and coordinate all aspects of a person's medical needs, to ensure that they are all addressed.


MANG is the acronym for Medical Assistance No Grant. Persons who receive MANG benefits get help with allowable medical needs, but do not receive cash benefits. The person may, or may not, also receive SNAP.

marital child

A child who is conceived or born during a marriage and no court or administrative process finds that the mother's husband is not the biological father.

Master Client Index (MCI)

The data base of customers in IES. Each customer is assigned a unique individual number in the Master Client Index (even if they do not receive benefits or are not approved).

master file

A central Family Community Resource Center index that contains basic information about cases handled by that particular Family Community Resource Center.


Medicaid is a program in which the federal government participates with states in the cost of medical provider payments for needy people. Title XIX of the Social Security Act establishes the program.

Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (MPE)

First established to improve access to timely care for uninsured pregnant women. States can provide immediate temporary medical coverage to pregnant women who appear to be income eligible for the program, rather than delaying care until a full eligibility determination is made or forgoing care all together. Beginning January 1, 2014, states allow Medicaid-participating hospitals to conduct presumptive eligibility determinations for any Medicaid-eligible population.

new textMedically Fragile Technology Dependent (MFTD) Waiver

The Medically Fragile Technology Dependent (MFTD) Waiver Program prevents persons under age 21 from being institutionalized, who may be satisfactorily treated at home at less cost to the State.

The program is administered under a Federal waiver that allows the State to waive the income and assets of the child's parent(s) when determining eligibility.

DHS formerly referred to it as the Home and Community Based Care Waiver.


A medical program administered by the Social Security Administration for persons age 65 and over. Payment is made for insured persons under the provisions of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act.

Medicare Savings Program (MSP)

State programs that help people with limited income and resources pay some or all of Medicare premiums and may pay Medicare deductibles and coinsurance.

MediPlan Card

An identification card issued to customers eligible for medical benefits. The customer shows the card to HFS approved medical providers to access medical services.


A mercury issuance, sometimes called a mercury benefit, is an extra payment (cash or SNAP) to help meet needs that were not included in a customer's regular benefit amount. This need might result from a change of circumstances in the benefit unit.

Mercury Payment

Non-recurring one-time payments, including supportive services.

Minimum Essential Coverage (MEC)

The type of coverage an individual needs to meet the individual responsibility requirement under the Affordable Care Act. MEC can be met by individual market policies, job-based coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and certain other coverage.

minor child

A person under age 18, or an 18 year old who will graduate from high school before age 19.

minor parent

A mother, father, or pregnant woman under age 18.


MMIS is the abbreviation for Management Information Services. MMIS is the main data processing system for processing medical vendor payments.

Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI)

A budgeting methodology used to determine who to include in each person's income standard or Eligibility Determination Group (EDG), and how to count income.