§ 40-8.4-4. Eligibility.
(a) Medical assistance for families. There is hereby established a category of medical assistance eligibility pursuant to § 1931 of Title XIX of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1396u-1, for families whose income and resources are no greater than the standards in effect in the aid to families with dependent children program on July 16, 1996 or such increased standards as the department may determine. The office of health and human services is directed to amend the medical assistance Title XIX state plan and to submit to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services an amendment to the RIte Care waiver project to provide for medical assistance coverage to families under this chapter in the same amount, scope and duration as coverage provided to comparable groups under the waiver. The department is further authorized and directed to submit such amendments and/or requests for waivers to the Title XXI state plan as may be necessary to maximize federal contribution for provision of medical assistance coverage provided pursuant to this chapter, including providing medical coverage as a "qualified state" in accordance with Title XXI of the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1397 et seq. Implementation of expanded coverage under this chapter shall not be delayed pending federal review of any Title XXI amendment or waiver.
The secretary of the office of health and human services is authorized and directed to amend the medical assistance Title XIX state plan or RIte Care waiver to provide medical assistance coverage through expanded income disregards or other methodology for parents or relative caretakers whose income levels are below one hundred thirty-three percent (133%) of the federal poverty level.
(P.L. 1998, ch. 31, art. 33, § 1; P.L. 2000, ch. 200, § 3; P.L. 2000, ch. 229, § 3; P.L. 2002, ch. 65, art. 32, § 1; P.L. 2005, ch. 117, art. 12, § 2; P.L. 2006, ch. 246, art. 25, § 1; P.L. 2008, ch. 100, art. 10, § 1; P.L. 2009, ch. 68, art. 23, §§ 4, 13; P.L. 2013, ch. 144, art. 19, § 4.)