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Renewal Deadline for Medical Assistance Eligibility
July 27, 2011

By August 12 the Department of Public Welfare (DPW), through the county assistance offices, will review all Medical Assistance (MA) files for individuals whose eligibility reevaluations are overdue. According to information distributed by the Disability Rights Network (DRN), persons who previously received notice about renewal and did not return the necessary papers will be sent new notices that their MA benefits will be terminated in 15 days. A notice of appeal must be filed within 13 days of the date of the notice with a request for aid pending appeal in order to maintain benefits.

DPW will also send renewal notices to those whose benefits are overdue for eligibility review, but did not previously receive notice. DPW will allow only 10 days for submission of the needed financial information. If the information is not submitted within 10 days, MA benefits will terminate with a 15-day notice. These individuals can maintain benefits by filing an appeal within 13 days.

Individuals with disabilities may require assistance to complete the renewal form and collect the requested documents, including such items as most recent bank statement, cash value of life insurance policy, insurance, and any other resources that may have changed since the last review. Assistance may also be needed to ensure that the information is submitted by the deadlines established by DPW so that essential MA benefits, including waiver services, are not lost.

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