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11.1 Out-of-Home Care (Foster Care)

11.1.1 Foster Care Medicaid Certification

11.1.2 Foster Care Medicaid Disenrollment

 

 

Children or youth placed into any of the following placements are categorically eligible for Foster Care Medicaid:

 

Eligibility determinations for Foster Care Medicaid are not the responsibility of the IM agency. Child welfare agencies determine eligibility for Foster Care Medicaid when a child has been removed from the home and enters an out-of-home care placement, often referred to as Foster Care.

11.1.1 Foster Care Medicaid Certification

Eligibility for Foster Care Medicaid begins on the date the child or youth enters out-of-home care. Paper documentation is not required when certifying children placed in out-of-home care.

 

Foster Care Medicaid must be certified for no longer than 12 months. Children or youth certified for Foster Care Medicaid through eWiSACWIS who remain in placement during the 12th month of eligibility will have their Foster Care Medicaid administratively renewed based on their placement. Children or youth certified for Foster Care Medicaid through other means should be certified for no longer than 12 months and re-certified if the child or youth is still eligible.

11.1.2 Foster Care Medicaid Disenrollment

When a child or adult is discharged from out-of-home care, Foster Care Medicaid eligibility must be maintained until one of the following occurs:

 

When the child or youth is discharged from out-of-home care, the child welfare agency will extend Foster Care Medicaid eligibility under the Foster Care medical status code for an additional three months. During this time, IM agencies are expected to redetermine the child or youth’s health care eligibility with assistance from the child welfare agencies, when needed. Child welfare agencies and IM agencies should set up a formal communication process to ensure IM agencies are made aware of all children leaving the Foster Care system, and provided with information necessary to redetermine eligibility.

 

To help facilitate communication between child welfare and IM agencies, EM CAPO will review a biweekly report of children or youth discharged from out-of-home care. EM CAPO will then research the child or youth’s eligibility history in CARES.

 

If the child is returning to a household with an open health care benefit in CARES, EM CAPO will complete the Child or Youth Discharge from Out-of-Home Care Change Report (F-01665) and scan the form to the CARES case to alert workers of a household change.

 

If the IM agency does not have sufficient information to redetermine Medicaid eligibility, the agency must request needed information from the individual or family. Once the IM agency has enough information, it must determine eligibility for the youth or child as of the date the child returned to the home. If the youth or child is determined eligible, a Notice of Decision must be sent.

 

If the individual or family does not comply with a request for information after 30 days or if the youth or child is determined ineligible, a Notice of Decision must be sent denying BadgerCare Plus or Medicaid eligibility for the appropriate reasons. In addition, the IM agency must send a manual negative Notice of Decision specifically terminating eligibility for Foster Care Medicaid. The manual notice must be mailed at least 10 days before the Foster Care Medicaid end date. The end date can be found on the Child or Youth Discharge from Out-of-Home Care Change Report.

 

If the child is not returning to a household with an open health care benefit in CARES, EM CAPO will send the Important Information About Foster Care Medicaid letter (F-01661 or F-01661A) and a copy of the BadgerCare Plus Application (F-10182). The family or youth will need to apply for health care benefits. If no application is submitted, Foster Care Medicaid will end after the three-month extension period. The IM agency will not have to take any further action concerning health care benefits for the child or youth.

 

If an application is submitted before Foster Care Medicaid ends, the IM agency must process the application like any other health care application. If the agency is unable to make an eligibility decision prior to the end date of the Foster Care Medicaid, the IM agency needs to manually extend the Foster Care Medicaid eligibility an additional month and issue a manual positive Notice of Decision.

 
 
 

This page last updated in Release Number: 17-01

Release Date: 04/11/2017

Effective Date: 04/11/2017