10.09.24.05-4

.05-4 Nonfinancial Criteria for MAGI Exempt Coverage Groups.

A. Blindness.

(1) To be eligible for Medical Assistance as a blind individual, an applicant or a recipient shall be blind as defined at Regulation .02 of this chapter.

(2) Procedure for Determination of Blindness.

(a) If an applicant's or recipient's eligibility for Medical Assistance is determined on the basis of blindness, an ophthalmologist or a licensed optometrist shall examine the individual, unless:

(i) Both of the individual's eyes are missing; or

(ii) The Social Security Administration has determined that the individual is currently blind.

(b) The ophthalmologist or licensed optometrist shall submit a report of the examination to the local department of social services or other entity designated by the Department.

(c) An ophthalmologist, contracted by the Department or its designee, shall review the report and determine, on behalf of the local department of social services or other entity designated by the Department:

(i) Whether the individual meets the definition of blindness; and

(ii) The need and frequency of reexamination for periodic redetermination of blindness.

(3) Reexaminations for periodic redeterminations of blindness shall be conducted according to the procedures described under §B(2) of this regulation.

(4) The local department of social services or other entity designated by the Department shall accept the Social Security Administration's determination of blindness for an individual receiving a Social Security benefit based on blindness.

B. Disability.

(1) In order to be eligible for Medical Assistance as a disabled individual, an applicant or recipient shall meet the definition of disabled in Regulation .02B of this chapter.

(2) Procedure for Determination of Disability.

(a) The Family Investment Administration shall determine disability.

(b) The local department of social services shall obtain a medical report and other nonmedical evidence for an individual applying for Medical Assistance on the basis of disability. The medical report and nonmedical evidence shall include a diagnosis and other information in accordance with the requirements for evidence applicable to disability determinations under the Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI), specified under 20 CFR Part 416, Subpart I.

(c) A Family Investment Administration review team shall review the medical report and other evidence obtained under §B(2)(b) of this regulation and determine whether the individualís condition meets the definition of disability. The review team shall be composed of a medical or psychological consultant, and another individual who is qualified to interpret and evaluate medical reports and other evidence relating to the individualís physical or mental impairments and, as necessary, to determine the capacities of the individual to perform substantial gainful activity as specified in 20 CFR Part 416, Subpart J.

(3) Disability Determination Made by the Social Security Administration.

(a) The Family Investment Administration may not make an independent determination of disability if the Social Security Administration has made a disability determination within 90 days of the date of the Medical Assistance application on the same issues presented in the Medical Assistance application.

(b) A determination by the Social Security Administration is binding on the Family Investment Administration until it is changed by the Social Security Administration. If the Social Security Administration determination is changed, the new determination is binding on the Family Investment Administration.

(c) The Department or its designee shall refer to the Social Security Administration for reconsideration or reopening of the determination all applicants who allege new information or evidence affecting previous Social Security Administration determinations of ineligibility based on disability, except as specified in §B(4)(d)(i) of this regulation.

(4) Disability Determination made by the Family Investment Administration. The Family Investment Administration shall make a determination of disability if any of the following circumstances exists:

(a) The individual applies for Medical Assistance and has not applied for SSI benefits;

(b) The individual applied for SSI benefits and was found ineligible for a reason other than disability;

(c) The individual has applied for both Medical Assistance and SSI benefits, and the Social Security Administration has not made an SSI determination within 90 days from the date of the individualís application for Medical Assistance;

(d) The individual has applied for Medical Assistance and:

(i) Alleges a disabling condition different from, or in addition to, that considered by the Social Security Administration in making its determinations;

(ii) Alleges more than 12 months after the most recent determination by the Social Security Administration denying disability that the individualís condition has changed or deteriorated since that determination and alleges a new period of disability that meets the durational requirements for disability, and has not applied to the Social Security Administration for a determination with respect to those allegations;

(iii) Alleges less than 12 months after the most recent determination by the Social Security Administration denying disability that the individualís condition has changed or deteriorated and alleges a new period of disability that meets the durational requirements for disability, and has applied to the Social Security Administration for reconsideration or reopening of its disability decision but the Social Security Administration has refused to consider the new allegations; or

(iv) Alleges less than 12 months after the most recent determination by the Social Security Administration denying disability that the individualís condition has changed or deteriorated, alleges a new period of disability that meets the durational requirements for disability, and no longer meets the nondisability requirements for SSI, but may meet the Stateís nondisability requirements for Medical Assistance eligibility.