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RULE §37.62Application Process for the Newborn Screening Program Benefits

(a) To be considered for program benefits described in §37.60 of this title (relating to Newborn Screening Program Benefits), a complete application must be filed annually (according to the deadlines provided by the department) with the program by mailing to the following address: Newborn Screening Unit, Mail Code 1918, Department of State Health Services, P.O. Box 149347, Austin, Texas 78714-9347.

(b) The application must be signed by one of the following as appropriate:

  (1) an adult individual seeking services;

  (2) the parent, managing conservator, or legal guardian of a minor seeking services; or

  (3) the legal guardian of an adult seeking services under a temporary, limited or general guardianship.

(c) An application signed with a mark must be attested to before a notary public.

(d) A complete application shall consist of the following:

  (1) a properly completed and signed application form;

  (2) a statement from the individual or, if the individual is a minor, from the individual's parent, managing conservator, or legal guardian that the individual is a bona fide resident of the state. If requested by the program, the applicant must also submit documentation of residency status, and proof of income as established in the department's program benefits policy; and

  (3) information, as requested by the department, on any other benefit to which the applicant, recipient, or person with a legal obligation to support the applicant or recipient may be entitled.

(e) An application shall be deemed incomplete for any one of the following reasons:

  (1) failure to provide all information requested in the application form;

  (2) lack of supporting documents;

  (3) failure to provide documentary evidence requested by the program, including documentation to verify residency or financial data; and/or

  (4) lack of, or improper, signatures.

(f) Following review, an application will be:

  (1) denied if eligibility requirements are not met;

  (2) returned, if incomplete, with the deficiencies noted to the individual, or if the individual is a minor or a ward, to the individual's parent, managing conservator, or legal guardian as is appropriate, for completion and resubmission; or

  (3) approved if all criteria are met to the department's satisfaction.

(g) An individual's eligibility date is the date on which the program determines that the application is complete.

Source Note: The provisions of this §37.62 adopted to be effective November 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 8835; amended to be effective December 31, 2013, 38 TexReg 9567

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