|(a) Individuals and eligible couples determined to be financially eligible based on the special institutional income limit may be required to share in the cost of HCS Program services. The method for determining the individual's or couple's co-payment is described in subsections (b) and (c) of this section and documented on the HHSC Waiver Program Co-Pay Worksheet. (b) The co-payment amount as determined by HHSC is the individual's or couple's remaining income after all allowable expenses have been deducted. The co-payment amount is applied only to the cost of home and community-based services funded through the HCS Program and specified on each individual's IPC. The co-payment must not exceed the cost of services actually delivered. The co-payment must be paid by the individual or couple, authorized representative, or trustee directly to the program provider in accordance with the HHSC determination. When calculating the co-payment amount for an individual or a couple whose income exceeds the maximum personal needs allowance, the following are deducted: (1) the cost of the individual's or couple's maintenance needs, which must be equivalent to the special institutional income limit for eligibility under the Texas Medicaid program; (2) the cost of the maintenance needs of the individual's or couple's dependent children, which is an amount equivalent to the TANF basic monthly grant for children or a spouse with children, using the recognizable needs amounts in the TANF Budgetary Allowances Chart; and (3) the costs incurred for medical or remedial care that are necessary but are not subject to payment by Medicare, Medicaid, or any other third party, which include the costs of health insurance premiums, deductibles, and co-insurance. (c) When calculating the co-payment amount for individuals with community spouses, HHSC determines the amount of the recipient's income applicable to payment in accordance with §1924 of the Social Security Act and 42 CFR §435.726.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §9.156 adopted to be effective March 1, 2000, 25 TexReg 1649; transferred effective September 1, 2004, as published in the Texas Register September 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 8841; amended to be effective June 1, 2006, 31 TexReg 4442