Each January, all recipients are required to provide proof of income, shelter/fuel expenses, and assets (please see attached 2023 recertification document for further guidance), which shall be forwarded to DVS in accordance with 108 CMR 4.02(3). In a few weeks, the 2023 re-certification process will begin. On December 1st, you will be able to submit your VS-21A requests for reimbursement of January - June 2023 benefit payments.
Social Security (SSA), Social Security Disability (SSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and Federal Veterans Affairs monthly benefits will receive an 8.7% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase in January 2023. The standard Medicare Part B premium deductible will decrease from $171.10 to $164.90.
The 2023 COLAincrease of federal benefits (SSA, SSI, and SSDI, VA, and or federal pension) Will NOT be used to offset January – June 2023 benefits level. All other income which includes but is not limited to payroll wages, pensions, retirements, DUA- unemployment benefits, child support, and or workman’s compensation that are not impacted by the federal COLA increase will be calculated normally.
You will use the 2023 standard Medicare Part B premium rate for requesting reimbursement.
*****To ensure that there are no disruptions in the recipient’s benefits and your community will receive full reimbursement for any veterans’ benefits expenditures, and to comply with the deadline, all Notices of Intent (NOIs) must be issued no later than January 25, 2023. If the NOI is not resolved, a Notice of Action (NOA) should then be issued on February 8, 2023 or fourteen (14) days after the date of the NOI.*****
Included are the reference desktop budget chart with updated Medicare and VBA rates for 2023 and the 2023 additional heating assistance program increasing the allowance to $750.00 from $500.00.
On January 1, 2023, all new cases will use the current 2023 rates.
Please contact your Authorizer if you have questions and or concerns.
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