WAC 182-500-0070 Medical assistance definitions -- M.
Effective April 4, 2017
"Medicaid" means the federal medical aid program under Title XIX of the Social Security Act that provides health care to eligible people.
"Medicaid agency" means the state agency that administers the medicaid program. The Washington state health care authority (HCA) is the state's medicaid agency.
"Medicaid transformation project" refers to the demonstration granted to the state by the federal government under section 1115 of the Social Security Act. Under this demonstration, the federal government allows the state to engage in a five-year demonstration to support health care systems, to implement reform, and to provide new targeted medicaid services to eligible clients with significant needs.
"Medical assistance" is the term the agency and its predecessors use to mean all federal or state-funded health care programs, or both, administered by the agency or its designees. Medical assistance programs are referred to as Washington apple health.
"Medical care services (MCS)" means the limited scope health care program financed by state funds for clients who are eligible for the aged, blind, or disabled (ABD) cash assistance (see WAC 388-400-0060) or the housing and essential needs (HEN) referral program (see WAC 388-400-0065) and not eligible for other full-scope programs due to their citizenship or immigration status.
"Medical consultant" means a physician employed by or contracted with the agency or the agency's designee.
"Medical facility" means a medical institution or clinic that provides health care services.
"Medical institution" See "institution" in WAC 182-500-0050.
"Medical services card" or "services card" means the card the agency issues at the initial approval of a person's Washington apple health benefit. The card identifies the person's name and medical services identification number but is not proof of eligibility. The card may be replaced upon request if it is lost or stolen, but is not required to access health care through Washington apple health.
"Medically necessary" is a term for describing requested service which is reasonably calculated to prevent, diagnose, correct, cure, alleviate or prevent worsening of conditions in the client that endanger life, or cause suffering or pain, or result in an illness or infirmity, or threaten to cause or aggravate a handicap, or cause physical deformity or malfunction. There is no other equally effective, more conservative or substantially less costly course of treatment available or suitable for the client requesting the service. For the purposes of this section, "course of treatment" may include mere observation or, where appropriate, no medical treatment at all.
"Medically needy (MN)" or "medically needy program (MNP)" means the state and federally funded health care program available to specific groups of people who would be eligible as categorically needy (CN), except their monthly income is above the CN standard. Some long-term care clients with income or resources above the CN standard may also qualify for MN.
"Medically needy income level (MNIL)" means the standard the agency uses to determine eligibility under the medically needy program. See WAC 182-519-0050.
"Medicare" is the federal government health insurance program under Titles II and XVIII of the Social Security Act.
For additional information, see www.Medicare.gov.
"Medicare assignment" means the process by which a provider agrees to provide services to a medicare beneficiary and accept medicare's payment for the services.
"Medicare cost-sharing" means out-of-pocket medical expenses related to services provided by medicare. For clients enrolled in medicare, cost-sharing may include Part A and Part B premiums, coinsurance, deductibles, and copayments for medicare services. See chapter 182-517 WAC.
"Minimum essential coverage" means coverage under 26 U.S.C Sec. 5000A (f).
"Modified adjusted gross income (MAGI)" means the adjusted gross income as determined by the Internal Revenue Service under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (IRC) increased by:
- Any amount excluded from gross income under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 911;
- Any amount of interest received or accrued by the client during the taxable year which is exempt from tax; and
- Any amount of Title II Social Security income or Tier 1 railroad retirement benefits excluded from gross income under 26 U.S.C. Sec. 86. See chapter 182-509 WAC for additional rules regarding MAGI.