Register June 2023 No. 810
Chapter HA 3
PROCEDURE AND PRACTICE FOR FAIR HEARINGS
Authority and purpose.
Notification of right to appeal.
Request for a hearing.
Witnesses and subpoenas.
Administrative law judge.
Rehearing and amendment of decision.
Authority and purpose. HA 3.01(2)
This chapter governs the fair hearing process for considering the appeal by affected individuals of decisions made by the departments of health services, children and families, workforce development and administration and decisions by county social and human service departments and tribal agencies concerning medicaid, food stamps, public assistance and social service programs administered by these departments. This chapter also governs the departmental level review process for Wisconsin works.
The purpose of hearings on department and agency decisions is the following:
To provide an opportunity for an applicant to challenge a department or agency finding that he or she is ineligible for medicaid, food stamps, public assistance or social services or to challenge the date of initial eligibility by establishing that the department's or agency's decision on the application was incorrect.
To provide an opportunity for a recipient of medicaid, food stamps, public assistance or social services to assert continuing eligibility for aid when the department or agency has decided to discontinue aid, or to object to aid reduction, sufficiency or form of payment.
HA 3.01 History
Cr. Register, November, 1999, No. 527
, eff. 12-1-99; correction in (1) made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 7., Stats., Register September 2001 No. 549
; correction in (2) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6., Stats., Register February 2013 No. 686
In this chapter:
“Administrative law judge" means an administrative hearing examiner employed by the division of hearings and appeals.
“Agency" means a county department of social services under s. 46.215
, Stats., a county department of human services under s. 46.23
, Stats., or a tribal agency which administers medicaid, food stamps, social services or public assistance programs.
“COP" means the long term support community options program under s. 46.27
“Costs motion" means a request by a prevailing party under s. 227.485
, Stats., for a department to pay the costs incurred in connection with a contested case.
“Department" means the Wisconsin department of health services, the Wisconsin department of children and families, the Wisconsin department of workforce development or the Wisconsin department of administration.
“Division" means the division of hearings and appeals.
“Food stamps" means an assistance program under the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended, 7 USC 2011
“Fair hearing" or “hearing" means a de novo proceeding before an impartial administrative law judge in which the petitioner or the petitioner's representative presents the reasons why the agency or department action or inaction in the petitioner's case should be corrected.
“Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program" or “LIHEAP" means the federally designated program under 42 USC 8621
as amended, and s. 16.27
, Stats., which provides benefits and services to assist low-income households with the costs of energy used for home heating.
“Managed care entity" means an organization which makes available to an enrolled participant health care services provided by providers selected by the organization and which has a contractual arrangement with the department of health services for the provision of services to medicaid enrollees.
“Petitioner" means a person on whose behalf a request for a hearing has been filed.
“Public assistance" means a program, such as, but not limited to, LIHEAP, kinship care under s. 48.57 (3m)
, Stats., caretaker supplement under s. 49.775
, Stats., or state supplements under s. 49.77
, Stats., which provides cash benefits to needy individuals and which is administered by a department or by an agency for a department. “Public assistance" does not mean the Wisconsin works program under ss. 49.141
“Secretary" means the secretary of the department of workforce development, the secretary of the department of health services, the secretary of the department of children and families, or the secretary of the department of administration or their designees.
“Social services" means services,other than under local county-funded programs, which are provided by agencies or the departments to individuals, or paid for by agencies or the departments on behalf of individuals, such as, but not limited to, the Alzheimer's family and caregiver support program under s. 46.87
, Stats., or the family support program under s. 46.985
“Wisconsin works" or “W-2" means the assistance program for families with dependent children, administered under ss. 49.141
HA 3.02 History
Cr. Register, November, 1999, No. 527
, eff. 12-1-99; corrections in (5), (10) to (12), (17) made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 6.
, Stats., Register February 2013 No. 686
correction made under s. 35.17
, Stats., Register October 2018 No. 754
Any person applying for or receiving medicaid, food stamps, social services or public assistance may appeal any of the following administrative actions of the department or an agency:
Denial of an application for benefits or the overt denial of the right to apply.
Failure to act on an application with reasonable promptness.
Reduction, suspension or termination of program benefits.
The determination of the amount, sufficiency, initial eligibility date of program benefits excluding COP program benefits.
For the COP program and medicaid waiver services, the denial of eligibility for services or reduction or termination of services as provided in s. 46.27 (7m)
A determination with regard to the preadmission screening and annual resident review requirements of section 1919(e)(7) of the Social Security Act of 1935, as amended.
A denial or termination of eligibility for medicaid under the Katie Beckett waiver program under section 1902(e)(3) of the Social Security Act.
A decision to impose a medicaid lien or to deny a hardship waiver under s. 49.496
Any other decision or action affecting a medicaid applicant or enrollee where a hearing is required by law.
A decision to deny a hardship waiver under s. 49.682 (5)
, Stats., with regard to the recovery of benefits under a chronic disease program.
The determination under s. 49.85
, Stats., to recover an overpayment of benefits by means of certification to the Wisconsin department of revenue and the determination of the amount of such an overpayment as including an amount they believe has already been repaid or discharged in bankruptcy.