In determining financial eligibility for Medical Services for an individual related to ABD, the income and resources of the individual and spouse (if any) are considered. However, consideration is not given to the income and resources of a spouse included in a TANF case. Income of an ineligible spouse may be deemed to the minor dependent child as explained in OAC 317:35-7-38(1)(D). The income and resources of a minor dependent child are not considered in determining financial eligibility for the individual related to ABD. The minor dependent child is defined as any biological or adopted child under 18 years of age and residing in the home.
- (1) If an individual and spouse cease to live together because of institutionalization or any other reason, income and resources are considered available to each other through the month in which they are separated. Mutual consideration ceases with the month after the month in which the separation occurs. Any amounts which are actually contributed to the eligible individual after the mutual consideration has ended are considered.
- (2) If the individual related to Aid to the Blind or Aid to the Disabled is a minor child living in the home of parent(s) or spouse of a parent, the parent'(s) or spouses' income and resources are deemed to the child.
- (A) Income is not deemed if the parent or spouse is included in a TANF case or determined categorically needy for Medicaid benefits only. A minor is defined as a child under 18 years and residing in the home. At the point that the minor child no longer resides in the home of the parent(s) or spouse of the parent, the deeming of income and resources ceases with the month after the month of separation. No longer residing in the home includes not only residing in the home of another, but also confinement in a medical facility if the confinement lasts, or is expected to last, 30 days. Any amounts which are actually contributed to the minor child after deeming ends are considered.
- (B) For TEFRA children, the income and resources of the parent(s) are not considered.
- (3) Premature infants (i.e., 37 weeks or less) whose birth weight is less than 1200 grams (approximately 2 pounds 10 ounces) will be considered disabled by SSA even if no other medical impairment(s) exist. In this event, the parent's income and resources are not deemed to the child until the month following the month in which the child leaves the hospital and begins living with his/her parents. While an infant born below this birth weight is considered disabled under SSI disability provisions, SSI cash payments are only effective the month the parent or legal guardian files an SSI application. If the SSI effective date does not go back to the month of birth, it will not be necessary to request a decision from the Level of Care Evaluation Unit at OHCA in order to consider the infant disabled effective the date of birth.