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Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA)
TEFRA (Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 1982) gives states the option to make Medicaid (SoonerCare) benefits available to children with physical or mental disabilities who would not ordinarily be eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because of their parent’s income or resources. This option allows children who are eligible for institutional services to be cared for in their homes. Children with disabilities eligible under TEFRA will get full health insurance coverage under Medicaid services that include coverage with Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) See Page 30.
Oklahoma Health Care Authority
4545 N Lincoln Blvd., Ste 124
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
See Appendix B for Department of Human Services County Offices.
A child must meet the following requirements:
• meet the Social Security definition of disability;
• be under the age of 19;
• have qualifying income and resources;
• meet an institutional level of care. The three levels are: intermediate care for the mentally disabled, nursing facility, or hospital;
• it must be appropriate to care for the child at home; and
• the estimated cost of caring for the child at home cannot exceed the estimated cost of caring for the child in the institution.
AT SERVICES PROVIDED/COVERED
• Assessments & Evaluations
• Fabrication of Devices
• Training for Consumer & Family
• Maintenance & Repairs
• Case Management
• Information & Referral
• Locating Alternate Funding
AT DEVICES PROVIDED/COVERED
Aids for Hearing Impaired
Aids for Vision Impaired
Prosthetics & Orthotics
Wheelchairs & Mobility Aids
• Apply for TEFRA at the local DHS office (the same process as applying for Medicaid).
• Call the county office to see if you need to schedule an appointment.
• Bring a denial letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA). If you do not have a denial letter, call SSA at (800) 772-1213 and talk to a representative about your child’s eligibility for SSI.
• Complete a TEFRA-1 Physician Assessment Form. The form is available from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services County Offices, the SoonerCare Helpline or the Oklahoma Health Care Authority websites.
• If your child has private insurance coverage that you intend to maintain in addition to any TEFRA eligibility, please document only your actual costs per month for the services listed. If the service is not covered by the insurance provider, or you will not have third party insurance coverage, indicate the full cost of each service provided.
1. The appeals process allows a member to appeal a decision involving medical services, prior authorizations for medical services, or discrimination complaints.
2. In order to file an appeal, the member files a LD-1 form within 20 days of the triggering event. The triggering event occurs at the time when the member knew or should have known of such condition or circumstance for appeal. The staff advises the Appellant that if there is a need for assistance in reading or completing the grievance form that arrangements will be made.
3. If the LD-1 form is not received within 20 days of the triggering event or if the form is not completely filled out with all necessary documentation, OHCA sends the Appellant a letter stating the appeal will not be heard.
4. Upon receipt of the member’s appeal, a fair hearing before the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) will be scheduled. The member will be notified in writing of the date and time for this procedure. The member must appear at this hearing. The ALJ’s decision may be appealed to the CEO, which is a record review at which the parties do not appear.
5. Member appeals are to be decided within 90 days from the date OHCA receives the member’s timely request for a fair hearing unless the member waives this requirement.
PIECES OF THE PUZZLE
• Once financial eligbility for TEFRA has been established, the TEFRA application will be reviewed to evaluate whether the criteria for disability, institutional level of care, cost effectiveness, and safety and appropriateness have been met.
• To avoid unnecessary delays in processing your application, please make sure that both you and your child’s physician have completed all sections of the TEFRA-1 assessment form.
• In addition, OHCA will need supplemental documentation to support information provided on the TERFA-1 document.
• Once determined eligible the child is covered for up to 12 months. You must reapply every year.
• If your child has private insurance coverage that you intend to maintain in addition to any TEFRA you must:
• use your insurance first;
• follow the rules of your insurance; and
• see providers who have contracts with both your insurance and Medicaid SoonerCare in order to be fully covered for all costs of services.