Chapter 118E of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2012 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after section 28 the following section:—
Section 28A. (a) A nursing facility resident may claim undue hardship in order to eliminate the period of ineligibility. In accordance with P.L. 109-171 amending Section 1917(c)(2)(D) of the Social Security Act, the division shall establish procedures for determining whether undue hardship exists as a result of the imposition of a period of ineligibility, which shall include written notice to the resident that an undue hardship exception exists, a timely process for determining whether an undue hardship waiver shall be granted and an opportunity to appeal an adverse determination. A nursing facility resident may request an undue hardship waiver within 90 days after the date of the final decision to impose a period of ineligibility, including judicial appeals.
(b) There shall be a rebuttable presumption that a nursing facility resident is eligible for an undue hardship waiver if the resident provides documentation that all of the following criteria are met:
(1) the nursing facility resident has insufficient available resources, excluding the community spouse resource allowance, to provide medical care, food, shelter, clothing and other necessities of life such that the resident would be at risk of serious deprivation or harm;
(2) the nursing facility resident has made reasonable attempts to retrieve the transferred resources or receives adequate compensation;
(3) there is no available less costly alternative to institutional care that would meet the nursing facility resident's care needs; and
(4) the period of ineligibility will not be a mere inconvenience to the applicant but rather will create a situation that would subject the applicant to risk of serious deprivation.
(c) A nursing facility need not express intent to discharge the resident for nonpayment in order for a hardship waiver to be granted.
(d) The division shall promulgate regulations incorporating these criteria for consideration of an undue hardship waiver request.
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