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220.001

Eligibility to Receive HIV Services 

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Policy
Policy Number  220.001
Effective Date  July 7, 2006
Revision Date  April 22, 2019
Subject Matter Expert HIV Care Services Group Manager
Approval Authority  HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch Manager
Signed by  Shelley Lucas, M.P.H.


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1.0 Purpose

The purpose is to outline the eligibility criteria for individuals to receive services funded though Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) Part B, State Services, and the State of Texas’ AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

 

2.0 Authority

Texas Health and Safety Code: Chapter 85, §§85.003, 85.013, 85.014 - 85.031; Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act 2009; Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Policy Clarification Notice (PCN) #16-02; PCN #13-02.

 

3.0 Definitions

Administrative Agency (AA) – Entity responsible for ensuring a comprehensive continuum of care exists in their funded area(s). This is accomplished through the management, distribution, and oversight of federal and state funds, and under contractual agreement with the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) – The State of Texas’ HIV Medication Program (THMP), administered by DSHS HIV/STD Prevention and Care Branch.

AIDS Regional Information and Evaluation System (ARIES) – Web-based, client-level software that RWHAP Part B /State Services-funded HIV providers use to report all RWHAP and State Services-funded services provided to RWHAP Part B-eligible clients.

Annual 12-Month Eligibility Recertification – The process of screening and determining eligibility for a period of months. Clients must be screened for program eligibility every six months (no later than the last day of the clients’ birth month for the annual 12-month recertification and no later than the last day of the clients’ half birth month for the 6-month self-attestation). Assessment includes: documentation of Texas residency, income, and proof of insurance/(payor). This documentation is submitted by the last day of the applicant’s birth month.

Applicant – An individual requesting RWHAP Part B, State Services and/or THMP-funded services and undergoing the eligibility process.

Client – An applicant who has been determined to be eligible for services, has successfully completed the eligibility process, and is receiving services.

Federal Poverty Level (FPL) – A measure of income level determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the authority of 42 U.S.C. 9902(2) that is updated periodically in the Federal Register and primarily used to determine eligibility for certain programs and benefits. FPL is the set minimum amount of gross income that an individual or a family needs for food, clothing, transportation, shelter, and other necessities. FPL varies according to family size. The number is adjusted for inflation and reported annually in the form of poverty guidelines.

Half Birth Month – Half Birth Month is the month that is six months after the client’s birth month (e.g. birth month is January, half birth month is July, and so on). For purposes of this policy, the end of the Half Birth Month shall be considered the last day of the month it falls in, regardless of a client’s birth date.

Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) – an infection that destroys some types of white blood cells and is transmitted through blood or bodily secretions such as semen and as further defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in accordance with the Health and Safety Code, §81.101.

HIV supplemental (confirmatory) test – a test that confirms the diagnosis of HIV after a preliminary positive test has been completed.

HIV Service Delivery Area (HSDA) – Geographic service area set by the Department of State Health Services for the purposes of allocating federal and state funds for HIV medical and psychosocial support services.

HIV Services – Any social or medical assistance defined in the HIV Services Taxonomy paid for with RWHAP Part B and State Services funded through DSHS.

Initial Eligibility Determination Period/Rapid Eligibility Determination Period – The 30-day period during which client undergoes initial eligibility assessment.

Medicaid – A joint federal and state health insurance program for some people with limited income and resources.

Medicare – A federal health insurance program for people who are 65 years old and older, certain younger people with disabilities, or for those who meet other special criteria.

Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) – A figure used to calculate income eligibility for lower costs in Marketplace Health Plans as well as eligibility for Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), and RWHAP Part B/State Services-funded HIV medical and support services. Generally, modified adjusted gross income is adjusted gross income plus any tax-exempt Social Security, interest, or foreign income an individual may have. MAGI must be calculated using the DSHS provided Income Calculation Form, which can be found on the MAGI documents page.

New Eligibility Determination – The process of assessing an applicant’s eligibility upon entrance into RWHAP Part B, State Services, and/or THMP-funded services. Assessment includes: documentation of HIV status, Texas residency, income, and insurance (payor).

Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT) – A laboratory test that amplifies the HIV RNA and detects viral genes instead of viral antibodies or antigens.

Payor of last resort (PoLR) – RWHAP or State Services funds cannot be used as a payment source for any service that can be paid for or charged to any other billable source. Providers are expected to make reasonable efforts to secure other funding instead of RWHAP Part B or State Services funding, whenever possible.

Provider – A local organization, individual clinician, or group of clinicians who provide services to people living with HIV (PLWH).

Six-Month Self-Attestation – process of a client confirming no change in previous eligibility declaration and documentation. This process occurs by the last day of the half birth month, six months after the client’s birth month.

Spend-down – THMP considers the cost of medications provided to applicants and spends down client income based on this cost. This generates an adjusted FPL that is used for program eligibility determination. THMP medication pricing is confidential, and will not be shared with agency workers or applicants.

State Pharmacy Assistance Program (SPAP) – This program, operated by THMP, aids with premiums and out-of-pocket costs associated with qualifying Medicare Part D prescription drug plans for low-income Texans.

Subrecipient – A non-federal entity that receives a subaward from a pass-through entity or recipient (AA) to provide services to clients and implement policy.

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) – The agency responsible for administering physical and mental health-related prevention, treatment, and regulatory programs for the State of Texas.

Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) – Provides medications for the treatment of HIV and its related complications for low-income Texans. The THMP is the official ADAP for the State of Texas. It also operates the SPAP and Texas Insurance Assistance Program (TIAP).

Texas Insurance Assistance Program (TIAP) – This program, which is operated by THMP, aids with premiums and out of pocket medication costs for low-income Texans with qualified insurance plans.

Texas Resident – An individual who resides within the geographic boundaries of the state.

Veteran – A former member of the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Veterans are eligible to receive RWHAP Part B and State Services-funded services. Please see DSHS Policy 590.001 DSHS Funds as Payment of Last Resort for more detailed guidance.

Viral Load – A laboratory test that measures the amount of HIV viral copies in a milliliter of blood.

 

4.0 Policy

Eligibility for an individual to receive assistance under RWHAP Part B, including the Texas HIV Medication Program (THMP) and/or State Services will be established to ensure appropriate client access to needed services while adhering to payor of last resort (PoLR) requirements.

 

5.0 Persons Affected

  • DSHS HIV Care Services and THMP staff
  • Administrative Agencies (AAs)
  • Subrecipients/Providers
  • Applicants/Clients for HIV services funded by RWHAP Part B and State Services

 

6.0 Responsibilities

6.1 DSHS Division for Laboratory and Infectious Disease Services (LIDS)

Ensures that systems are in place to provide care and services to Texans who are eligible to receive these services through RWHAP Part B and State Services funding, and ensures that these funds are used as payment of last resort. Staff will assure that AAs appropriately monitor eligibility documentation for these payment sources as well as conduct appropriate assessments to determine eligibility for other third-party payers using MAGI.

6.2 Administrative Agency (AA)

Develop policy for determination of eligibility; use MAGI to determine income; determine how providers will be trained to determine eligibility; and monitor provider billing of third party payers to determine compliance with PoLR requirements. All staff shall review this policy no less frequently than annually.

6.3 Subrecipient and Provider

Develop policies and procedures to determine eligibility for services while ensuring RWHAP Part B and State Services funds are used as payment of last resort; develop policies and procedures to ensure that individuals seeking covered services are screened for eligibility using MAGI to identify other payer sources such as the Marketplace, Medicaid, and CHIP. Screening should occur as indicated in this policy. If individuals are determined potentially eligible for other benefits, refer them to the specific programs and assist them in completing the eligibility determination process. When providing emergency assistance to priority populations in crisis (e.g., an individual who is recently released from the criminal justice system who requires assistance in acquiring HIV medications), contractors must refer clients into appropriate program services and assist in obtaining any required eligibility documentation. Providers should also ensure the proper documentation of any and all eligibility screening and intake activities in the clients’ respective charts—paper and/or electronic (e.g., ARIES). All eligibility staff shall review this policy no less frequently than annually.

6.4 Applicant, Client, and Family

Provides the required documentation to determine eligibility for services funded under RWHAP Part B, State Services, and THMP.

 

7.0 Initiating and Maintaining Eligibility for RWHAP Part B/State Services

7.1 Requirements to apply for Initial Eligibility and Maintain Program Eligibility

Upon initiation of services, providers must determine whether an applicant meets the following RWHAP Part B/State Services eligibility criteria:

  • have a diagnosis of HIV infection;
  • provide documentation of Texas residency; and
  • provide complete and accurate income documentation.

Following approval of initial eligibility, clients must be screened for program eligibility every six months to continue receiving assistance under RWHAP Part B. Retaining eligibility entails submitting the annual 12-month recertification no later than the last day of the clients’ birth month and submitting the self-attestation no later than the last day of the clients’ half birth month. After the initial eligibility determination, recertification requires documentation of Texas residency and income, but recertification of HIV status is not necessary.

In addition to all of the requirements and acceptable forms of documentation outlined in the policy language below, THMP can request additional information to verify an applicant’s eligibility when needed.

7.1.1 Initial Eligibility Determination Period/Rapid Eligibility Determinations

A 30-day determination period for all Ryan White Part B and State funded services can be accessed by clients who are:

  • Newly diagnosed within the previous six months;
  • New to the State of Texas/local HSDA and in need of medical services;
  • Engaging in care for the first time after being diagnosed for longer than six months;
  • Returning to medical care after an absence of six months or longer and/or;
  • In need of early intervention services.

As applicants are being linked to services, providers should work to complete the eligibility process and collect required documents. An eligibility determination must be complete within 30 days of program application initiation.

Providers must have an established alternative source of funding should a client be found to be ineligible for Ryan White Part B, or State funded services. This must be documented in agency policy, and tracked in client file if applicable. Policy must delineate process for any necessary administrative adjustments if a cost is found to be unallowable.

*Please note that this initial determination period does not apply to clients applying to any THMP program. All required documentation must be submitted with THMP application.

7.1.2 Documentation of HIV-Infection Status

To be eligible for services paid for by RWHAP Part B/State Services/THMP, an individual must have a diagnosis of HIV infection. Affected individuals (people who are not living with HIV) may be eligible for RWHAP services in limited situations; services for affected individuals must always benefit PLWH. For further clarification on providing services to affected individuals, please see HRSA Policy Clarification Notice (PCN) #16-02, Eligible Individuals and Allowable Uses of Funds .

There are many different ways to document HIV infection. Some examples of acceptable forms of documentation are provided below; however, this should not be viewed as a complete list.

Laboratory Documentation

Proof of HIV infection may be found in laboratory test results that bear the client’s name. Some examples include:

  • Positive result from HIV screening test (HIV 1/2 Combo Ab/Ag enzyme immunoassay [EIA]);
  • Positive result from an HIV 1 RNA qualitative virologic test such as a HIV 1 Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT); or
  • Detectable quantity from an HIV 1 RNA quantitative virologic test (e.g. viral load test)

NOTE: HIV testing technology changes rapidly and standards of HIV confirmation continue to evolve. Providers must stay informed of advances in testing technology as newer tests may also provide proof of HIV infection.

Other Forms of Documentation

Some examples are:

  • A signed statement from an entity with prescriptive authority attesting to the HIV-positive status of the person; or
  • A complete THMP Medical Certification Form signed by a physician (required by THMP); or
  • A hospital discharge summary documenting HIV infection of the individual

NOTE: Exposed infants of HIV-positive mothers can be served with documentation of the mother’s HIV-positive status up to the age of 18 months. Children older than 18 months must meet the same criteria for proof of HIV as listed above to continue services.

Facilitating linkage with an HIV Preliminary Positive result

A preliminary positive is a positive result from an HIV screening test. Although a preliminary positive is not considered proof of HIV status (because it is not a supplemental test in the current HIV testing algorithm), individuals with such a result are very likely to have HIV infection and would benefit from quick linkage to ongoing medical care. Having only a preliminary positive result from one HIV test should not be a barrier in linkage to medical care.

The ability to use a preliminary positive test result to facilitate linkage to care does not negate the responsibility of the HIV testing site to conduct supplemental testing. The receiving medical provider must be informed of the individual’s unconfirmed preliminary positive HIV test result. Once the supplemental results are received from the lab, HIV testing staff must provide these results to the individual and, if a Release of Information is signed, to the HIV care provider. Clinics receiving such individuals may choose to arrange an abbreviated first appointment, during which the individual could receive counseling on HIV infection, orientation to medical care, conduct eligibility screening, and/or begin laboratory work. Note: HIV medical providers may elect to conduct the HIV supplemental test if a memorandum of understanding (MOU) is signed with the HIV testing agency.

A preliminary HIV-positive result should not be used to apply for the THMP.

Providers should contact their AA with questions about acceptable documentation of HIV infection.

7.1.3 Documentation of Texas Residency

To be eligible for services paid for by RWHAP Part B/State Services/THMP, an applicant must reside within the geographic boundaries of Texas and express intent to remain within the state and not claim residency in any other state or country.

Acceptable proof of residency documents must include the applicant’s full legal name and current residential address and be unexpired or dated within the same month or one month prior to the month the application is submitted. The following list is not exhaustive—providers should contact their Administrative Agency or THMP with questions about acceptable documentation of Texas residency.

In an effort to expedite eligibility determination, the following source documents are preferred to show proof of Texas residency:

  • valid (unexpired) Texas Driver’s License;
  • Texas State identification card (including identification from criminal justice systems);
  • recent Social Security, Medicaid/Medicare or Food Stamp/TANF benefit award letters;
  • IRS Tax Return Transcript, Verification of Non-Filing, W2, or 1099;
  • current employment records (pay stub);
  • post office records;
  • current voter registration;
  • a mortgage or official rental lease agreement in the client’s name;
  • valid (unexpired) motor vehicle registration;
  • proof of current college enrollment or financial aid;
  • property tax receipt;
  • any bill in the client’s name for a service connected to a physical address (client’s place of residency) dated within one month of the month of application (e.g. bills for rent, mortgage, electric, gas, water, trash, cable, landline phone, etc.)
  • a letter of identification and verification of residency from a verifiable homeless shelter or community center serving homeless individuals; or
  • a statement/attestation (does not require notarization) with client’s signature declaring that client has no resources for housing or shelter. For THMP, a letter from an agency worker attesting that the individual has no resources for housing or shelter will be accepted.

If none of the preferred source documents listed above are available, Texas residency may be verified through one of the following:

  • any piece of mail addressed to the client and meets ALL of the following criteria
    • proof that the item went through the mail system (stamped with postmark or metered mark from postal office),
    • date of postmark or date printed on contents of mail (e.g. date printed on letter or statement date of bill) is within one month of the month of application,
    • if envelope has a clear window to display client’s address instead of client’s name and address printed directly on the envelope, the envelope must have a return address, name, logo, or some means of identifying the sender that matches the address, name, logo, etc. printed on the contents of the mail. This verifies that contents of mail with client’s address is truly what came inside of said postmarked envelope.
    • *For THMP applicants, mail from THMP will not be accepted as proof of residency.
  • observance of personal effects and living arrangement (e.g., visit to residence). For THMP, a signed statement on agency letterhead detailing this observance and why other forms of proof of residency were not available will be accepted.

There are no further proof of residency requirements (e.g. requirement for a photo ID, documentation of immigration status) other than those listed above. AAs, subrecipients and/or providers may not impose more stringent proof of residency requirements regarding eligibility for RWHAP and State HIV funded services than those listed in section 7.1.3 of this policy.

Individuals do not lose their Texas residency status because of a temporary absence from the state. For example, a migrant or seasonal worker may leave the state during certain periods of the year, but maintains a home in Texas, and returns to that home after this temporary absence. This individual will not lose their Texas residency status. For more details on situations in which THMP will provide medication coverage for Texans temporarily residing in another state, refer to Policy 700.006, “Multi-Month and Special Circumstance Medication Supply and Coverage.”

Students

  • Students from another state who are living in Texas to attend school may claim Texas residency based on their student status while they are residing in Texas.
  • THMP Only: Students living out-of-state (living in a state other than Texas) to attend an educational institution but retain Texas residency based on their student status can only continue receiving medication through Texas THMP if the student is denied by the ADAP in the state where the institution is located. In this situation, the student must provide a denial from the other state’s ADAP as well as documentation of school enrollment in order to be approved for the Texas THMP.

7.1.4 Documentation of Income

To be eligible for services paid for by RWHAP Part B/State Services/THMP, an applicant must submit proof of income and federal poverty level (FPL). Subrecipients and providers must use the DSHS-provided Income Calculation Worksheet (Excel : 21kB) to calculate an applicant’s income. These worksheets can be found online on the MAGI documents page.

Income Calculation Worksheet

The Income Calculation Worksheet is divided into ‘Section A’ and ‘Section B’. This form calculates an individual’s FPL based on their modified adjusted gross income (MAGI).

Section A is used to calculate:

  • income for clients who do not have access to a ‘Tax Return Transcript’ or other standardized tax return forms (form 1040, 1040 EZ, etc.);
  • income for clients whose income has changed since filing taxes for the most recent year; and
  • clients who are 'Married Filing Jointly'.

Documents that may be used to complete Section A are outlined below:

  • pay stubs (30 continuous days of payment within the last 60 days);
  • supporter statement;
  • employer statement;
  • agency letter;
  • Social Security Income (SSI) Award Letter;
  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Award Letter; 
  • DSHS Self-employment log; or
  • other income documentation.

Note: If the client is unable to provide any other form of income documentation, bank statements are acceptable forms of income documentation for both the RWHAP Part B and THMP/ADAP program.

Section B is used to calculate income for clients who have access to the following:

  • Standardized tax return forms (form 1040, 1040 EZ, Tax Return Transcript, etc.).

The Income Calculation Worksheet is self-calculating and produces the FPL percentage based on both household and individual income. A copy of the worksheet and supporting documentation must be kept in the primary client record. These documents should also be submitted with THMP applications.

THMP income calculation includes income information received through third-party verification and is subject to a spend-down, therefore THMP eligibility cannot be assumed by enrollment workers before a submitted application is processed.

Income Calculation Worksheet flow chart

7.1.5 Local Criteria for Eligibility Determination

AAs may impose additional criteria to determine eligibility, such as those based on income and county of residence. Additional criteria can be imposed if justified though a needs assessment or planning process that includes public input and comment. Additional eligibility criteria may vary depending on service category. However, further eligibility determination must be applied to all individuals equally and must not pose an undue hardship on individuals.

All RWHAP Part B and State -funded services must have an income limit not to exceed 500% of FPL.

The current THMP financial eligibility criteria may be found at www.dshs.texas.gov/hivstd/meds/.

7.2 Screening Clients for Third Party Payers

AAs must ensure that their sub-recipients/providers are coordinating benefits and the use of third party reimbursement by:

  • monitoring how subrecipients/providers determine client eligibility to ensure that RWHAP Part B and State Services funds are the payors of last resort; and
  • monitoring the documentation that shows clients have been screened for and enrolled in eligible programs prior to the use of RWHAP Part B and State Services funds; and
  • requiring and monitoring how subrecipients/providers use a third-party payer verification system.

Providers must screen individuals for their ability to pay as well as their eligibility for other potential sources of payment for these services. Programs/benefits that must be used first include:

  • private/employer insurance;
  • Medicare (including Part D prescription benefit);
  • county indigent health programs;
  • patient assistance programs (PAPs);
  • Medicaid;
  • Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP); or
  • other comprehensive healthcare plans.

A client may be eligible for Ryan White or THMP services in addition to having other payors. Ryan White services may be used to ‘bridge’ the gap when other payors cannot fully meet a client’s needs. For more information on services or programs available to clients with other payors please contact your local administrative agency or the THMP program. 

Documentation of eligibility status must be filed in the client’s primary record.

THMP independently screens for third-party payers, which may result in denial from the program.

7.3 Six-month Self-Attestation (Half Birth Month)

To assess eligibility at the 6-month mark, providers may accept client self-attestations of changes/no changes in income, residency, and insurance status (self-attestations are not acceptable forms of documentation at the annual/12-month recertification). Self-attestations may be signed by the client or the provider, with verbal affirmation from the client. This process occurs by the last day of the month, six months after the client’s birth month.

Related communications from RWHAP Part B providers must be transmitted in a confidential manner. If a client has had a change in income, residency/address, or insurance status, they must submit appropriate supporting documentation.

Self-attestations must be documented in the client’s primary record and updated in ARIES, even if there is no change (the date stamp in ARIES should reflect the most recent recertification date). Supporting documentation must be kept in the client’s primary record.

For clients enrolled in the THMP, a copy of the self-attestation must be sent to THMP before the end of the half birth month. THMP will accept self-attestation forms signed by the client, or signed by the provider who spoke directly to the client. THMP will also accept self-attestations with no changes over the phone with the client.

While eligibility for services must be determined every six months for active clients, providers should assess changes in eligibility at the time of service. The providers’ policies and procedures must address how clients will be contacted regarding their 6-month recertification, and how changes in eligibility will be assessed at the time of service. Consult the table below for guidance on the recertification process and required documentation.

6-month attestation flow chart

 

Required Documentation Table
Eligibility Criteria Initial Eligibility Determination Annual 12-Month Recertification (by last day of Birth Month) 6-Month Self Attestation (by last day of Half Birth-Month)
HIV status Documentation is ONLY required for initial eligibility determination. N/A N/A
Income

Supporting documentation is required to complete the Income Calculation Worksheet.

Acceptable documentation for Section A (not exhaustive list):

  • pay stubs (30 continuous days of payment within the last 60 days);
  • supporter statement;
  • employer statement;
  • Social Security Income (SSI) Award Letter
  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Award Letter
  • agency letter; or
  • other income documentation.

Acceptable documentation for the Section B includes:

  • Tax Return Transcript
  • Tax Filing Documents

Supporting documentation is required to complete the Income Calculation Worksheet.

Acceptable documentation for Section A (not exhaustive list):

  • pay stubs (30 continuous days of payment within the last 60 days);
  • supporter statement;
  • employer statement;
  • Social Security Income (SSI) Award Letter
  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI) Award Letter
  • agency letter; or
  • other income documentation.

Acceptable documentation for the Section B includes:

  • Tax Return Transcript
  • Tax Filing Documents

Self-attestation of no change is acceptable. Attestation must be documented in the client’s primary record and date stamped in ARIES.

If there has been a change in income, complete the Income Calculation Worksheet and provide backup documentation.

Providers should assess changes in eligibility every time the client comes in to receive a service.

Residency Documentation is required Documentation is required

If address has not changed, self-attestation of no change is acceptable. Attestation must be documented in the client’s primary record and date stamped in ARIES. For THMP clients, a copy should be sent to THMP.

If address has changed updated documentation of residency must be placed in the client file and sent to THMP, if applicable.

Providers should assess changes in eligibility every time the client comes in to receive a service.

Insurance/Third Party Payer

Provider must verify if applicant is enrolled in other health coverage and document status in client file. For THMP clients, a copy of this documentation should be sent to THMP.

Enrollment must be pursued if client is income eligible for Medicaid, CHIP, Health Insurance Marketplace plans, or various other health plans.

Provider must verify if applicant is enrolled in other health coverage and document status in client file. For THMP clients, a copy of this documentation should be sent to THMP.

Enrollment must be pursued if client is income eligible for Medicaid, CHIP, Health Insurance Marketplace plans, or various other health plans.

If client’s insurance/third party payer status has not changed, self-attestation of no change is acceptable. Attestation must be documented in the client’s primary record and date stamped in ARIES. For THMP clients, a copy should be sent to THMP.

Documentation of client’s insurance eligibility status must be filed in the client’s primary record(s). For THMP clients, a copy should be sent to THMP.

Providers should assess changes in eligibility every time the client comes in to receive a service.


7.4 Client’s Responsibility for Reporting Changes

A client must immediately report any changes that might affect their eligibility to the provider(s) and THMP if applicable. If a client has experienced a change in circumstances related to eligibility, they must submit appropriate documentation of the change to the provider(s) within 30 days of the reported change and ensure the provider(s) receives the documentation. A client must also report any changes at the 6-month mark. If a client fails to provide appropriate documentation of the change, their services may be delayed until the provider(s) can confirm eligibility.

 

8.0 Revision History

Date Action Section
Revision History
3/18/2019 Changed infant exposure age from 12 months to 18 months to align with clinical panel recommendation and practice in the field.  7.1.3 
7/31/2018 Significant revisions throughout the policy. All
10/30/2017 Policy revised to align with THMP/ADAP eligibility certification schedule. All 
9/27/2016 Policy revised to add definitions; clarify documentation requirements for HIV Infection Status and Texas Residency; clarify Re-certification requirements; add requirement for MAGI for financial eligibility determination; and reflect advances in testing technology. All 
9/25/2014 Converted format (Word to HTML) -
1/15/2013 Policy revised to reflect HRSA issued Policy Clarification Notices relating to Implementation of the Affordable Care Act -
9/27/2012 Policy revised to clarify eligibility as it applies to HRSA’s “recertification” language and to give guidance for additional eligibility -
11/20/2011 Policy language revised to clarify documentation requirements -
6/25/2008 Policy revised to allow for testing technology advances All

Last updated October 4, 2019