Supporting Families in Transition: A Guide to Expanding Health Coverage in the Post-Welfare Reform World. A. Mandatory Eligibility Policies

07/08/2004

  • Outstation eligibility workers. Medicaid law and regulations require that states provide an opportunity for children under age 19 and pregnant women to apply for Medicaid at locations other than welfare offices. States are required to have outstationing arrangements at facilities designated as "disproportionate share hospitals" and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). HCFA(now known as CMS) regulations (42 CFR 435.904) permit alternative outstationing arrangements under certain limited conditions, and allow states to use additional sites where children and pregnant women receive services. States are free to station Medicaid eligibility workers at any location to take applications, provide assistance, and, if authorized, evaluate applications and make eligibility determinations.

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