*** The Health Care Programs Manual (HCPM) has been replaced by the Minnesota Health Care Programs Eligibility Policy Manual (EPM) as of June 1, 2016. Please refer to the EPM for current health care program policy information. ***

Chapter 21 - Income Calculation (Community)

Effective:  April 1, 2009

21.50.10 - Widow and Widower Disregard

Archived:  June 1, 2016 (Previous Versions)

Widow and Widower Disregard

The Widow and Widower’s Disregard is a disregard of RSDI cost of living increases. This disregard is only available for MA Method B and the Medicare Savings Programs.

Conditions for Use.

Applying the Disregard.

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Conditions for Use

To use the Widow and Widower’s Disregard a client must meet all of the following conditions:

l  Currently receiving RSDI.

l  Filed an MA application before July 1,1988.

l  Has been entitled to receive RSDI continuously since December 1983.

l  Was a disabled widow or widower in January 1984.

l  Established a right to receive RSDI benefits before age 60.

l  Was eligible for SSI or MSA benefits before application of the revised actuarial reduction formula.

l  Lost eligibility for SSI or MSA benefits as a result of the change in the actuarial reduction formula.

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Applying the Disregard

Disregard all RSDI cost of living adjustments effective on and after January 1, 1984, when determining eligibility.

Determine a client's eligibility retroactive to July 1, 1986.

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