According to MassHealth, many people with disabilities have not responded to a recent notice about reapplying for services. As result, MassHealth will be sending a reminder letter to those individuals who have not yet responded. MassHealth reports:
Individuals MUST submit a new application by October 16th, 2015 or they will lose MassHealth benefits.
The reminder notices includes information on the modes by which members can apply for coverage. It is quickest to apply for coverage online at MAhealthconnector.org or by calling MassHealth Customer Service at 1-800-841-2900 and following the prompts for submitting an application. The notice will also instruct the location of their closest MassHealth Enrollment Center.
As a reminder, not all disabled individuals were required to renew their benefits. Members who are in long term nursing facilities, home and community-based waivers, Kalleigh Mulligan, over age 65 will continue to get renewal forms on their annual due date. They are not part of this renewal group and should respond to any requests to renew in the normal way.
Below is the list of disabled individuals who were asked to apply and those who DO NOT need to reapply.
NEED TO REAPPLY:
- Most children with a disability, including those receiving MassHealth Standard and MassHealth CommonHealth benefits.
- Adults with a disability receiving MassHealth Standard (whose income is < 133% FPL). (Adults with a disability receiving MassHealth CommonHealth benefits are not subject to annual review at this time )
- Adults with a disability who were previously eligible for SSI benefits, but are no longer receiving SSI.
DO NOT NEED TO REAPPLY:
- Individuals who receive cash SSI or TAFDC benefits. MassHealth benefits come automatically with these cash benefits based on eligibility determinations made by those programs. These members will not get any notices from MassHealth as long as they receive these cash benefits.
- Have Social Security as their sole source of income (this includes SSDI and RSDI). These individuals are eligible for Administrative Review and were sent a notice from MassHealth that their annual review was done automatically. They do not need to take action unless they have a change in circumstances that they need to report (new job, new family member, new health insurance coverage, etc.).
- Meet MassHealth income criteria (childless adults <133% FPL or families < 150% FPL) and are receiving SNAP (Food Stamp) benefits. These members were sent a notice from MassHealth that their annual review was done automatically. They do not need to take action unless they have a change in circumstances that they need to report (new job, new family member, new health insurance coverage, etc.).
- Households where members have completed a paper application after October 15, 2014 or an online application after November 15, 2014.