ALJ Jason M. Grace

DHA Case No. MQB 209568 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals October 2, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF With the Public Health Emergency unwinding, members may voluntarily complete an early renewal, but Income Maintenance agencies must inform members that their eligibility may be impacted by doing an early renewal. In this case, the member’s renewal […] Read more

DHA Case No. CWA 208405 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals October 16, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF Community transportation can be covered by IRIS, but the service assumes that someone besides the participant is doing the driving. In this case, the petitioner had a community transportation budget with his wife as the “participant-hired worker” […] Read more

DHA Case No. MDV 208396 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals June 29, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF Any transfer of resources for less than fair market value is generally a divestment, but there is an exception if the resource was transferred “exclusively for some other purpose than to become eligible for MA.” In this […] Read more

DHA Case No. MKB 200031 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals January 14, 2021) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF Mosaic Down Syndrome and non-mosaic Down Syndrome are treated differently under the Social Security disability rules. The latter is listed as a severe impairment and automatically meets the requirements; the former is not. So for mosaic Down […] Read more

DHA Case No. CWA 206353 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals January 17, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF Services included in an IRIS member’s budget must be cost effective and at the usual and customary rate for the area. In this case, the petitioner’s medical transportation provider increased its rate for transporting him to his […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 207580 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals April 14, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF An institutionalized spouse may allocate income to the community spouse up to a certain amount, and an ALJ may increase that if the petitioner shows “exceptional circumstances resulting in financial duress.” In this case, the petitioner appealed […] Read more

DHA Case No. BCS 207530 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals April 6, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF Wisconsin law provides that able-bodied adults who refused to cooperate in establishing the paternity of a child without good cause are ineligible for MA. In this case, the petitioner refused to identify the father of her child […] Read more

DHA Case No. CWA 207474 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals April 3, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF An IRIS participant may request a budget amendment to pay for an ongoing need not met within the current budget. In this case, the petitioner asked for a budget increase from $15.75 to $17/hr to pay for […] Read more

DHA Case No. MGE 207300 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals February 28, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF An ALJ may increase the community spouse income allocation (CSIA) if the community spouse does not have enough income to pay his or her “necessary and basic maintenance needs.” In this case, the community spouse had earned […] Read more

DHA Case No. MRA 207266 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals April 27, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF An ALJ may increase the community spouse income allocation (CSIA) if the community spouse does not have enough income to pay his or her “necessary and basic maintenance needs.” In this case, ALJ Jason Grace increased the […] Read more

DHA Case No. CWA 207083 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals April 5, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF When the agency reduces supportive home care (SHC) hours and the member appeals, the burden of proof is on the agency to justify the reduction. In this case, the agency reduced SHC hours after a supplemental functional […] Read more

DHA Case No. MAC 206795 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals February 8, 2023) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF To prevail at an appeal regarding an Order to Compel Payment of MA/BCP Liability, the agency must show, to begin with, that it provided proper notice of the underlying overpayment. Proper notice must include both the right […] Read more

DHA Case No. CWA 202841 (Wis. Div. of Hearings and Appeals January 5, 2022) (DHS) ↓ Download PDF An IRIS participant may request a budget amendment to pay for an ongoing need not met within the current budget. In this case, the petitioner asked for a budget increase from $15 to $17/hr to pay for […] Read more