§ 4.5. Application for enrollment as a HIP client.
(a) Initial contact. An individual who is interested in enrolling in HIP or in arranging for another individual to be enrolled in HIP shall contact the Eligibility Specialist of the Division by writing to: Eligibility Specialist, Department of Health, Division of Child and Adult Health Services, Post Office Box 90, 7th Floor East Wing, Health And Welfare Building, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania 17108. Contact may also be made by facsimile or electronic mail.
(b) Funding. The Division will accept an application for enrollment in HIP only if the funds designated to HIP from the Catastrophic Medical and Rehabilitation Appropriation exceed projected expenditures in providing HIP services to current clients.
(c) Waiting list. If the funds designated to HIP from the Catastrophic Medical and Rehabilitation Appropriation are not adequate to enable the Division to accept an application for an individual for whom enrollment in HIP is sought, the Division will place the individual on a waiting list if the individual so elects. The individual on the waiting list or the authorized representative shall immediately notify the Division of any change in mailing address. The Division will request an individual on the waiting list, or the authorized representative, to submit an application for enrollment as funding becomes available. Except as otherwise provided in this chapter, the Division will request individuals on the waiting list, or their authorized representatives, to submit applications in the order that the requests to be placed on the waiting list were received by the Division. Individuals who are receiving case management services through HIP as of August 27, 2001, but who have never received rehabilitation services through HIP, will be given first priority on the waiting list.
(d) Application. When an individual qualifies to receive an application for enrollment in HIP, the Division will send to that individual or the person who sought to enroll that individual in HIP, at the mailing address provided to the Division, information on HIP and application materials. If the individual is on a waiting list, the Division will also request that the individual notify the Division in writing whether the individual is still seeking enrollment in HIP. The notification shall be timely only if it is postmarked within 21 days after the date the materials were sent by the Division. If the Division receives a timely notification that enrollment in HIP is desired, the Division will proceed with the application process. If the Division is apprised that enrollment in HIP is no longer desired, or if the Division does not receive timely notification of continued interest in enrollment, the Division will remove the individual from the waiting list, contact the next person on the waiting list and repeat the process.
(e) Request and application for reenrollment. A request for reenrollment may be filed for an individual who was previously enrolled in HIP. If there is a waiting list, the Division will not accept an application for reenrollment. Instead, it will place the individual on the waiting list. The Division will give priority to individuals on the waiting list who have not previously received rehabilitation services from HIP. The Division will request individuals who have previously received rehabilitation services from HIP who are on the waiting list, or their authorized representatives, to submit applications for reenrollment. The Divisions requests for these applications will be made in the order that the requests for reenrollment were received. Except as provided in subsection (c), the Division will only accept a request or application for reenrollment for an individual who is not a client at the time the request or application is made.
(f) Acceptance of application. The Division will accept an application for enrollment only from the individual for whom enrollment is sought or from an authorized representative.
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