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317:35-5-26. Residence requirements; residents of public institutions; homeless persons; and residents of IHS, BIA or Tribal controlled dormitories

Revised 9-14-20

(a) Residence.To be eligible for SoonerCare services, the applicant must be residing in the State of Oklahoma with intent to remain at the time the medical service is received.A durational residence requirement is not imposed.

(1) Temporary absence from the State, with subsequent returns to the State, or intent to return when the purposes of the absence have been accomplished, does not interrupt continuity of Oklahoma residence.

(2) Oklahoma residence does not include transients or visitors passing through the state but does not preclude persons who do not have a fixed address if intent is established.

(3) Intent to remain or return is defined as a clear statement of plans to remain or return in addition to other evidence and/or corroborative statements of others.

(4) When a non-resident makes application for SoonerCare benefits, the local office provides services necessary to make available to the applicant any SoonerCare services for which he/she might be eligible from his/her state of residence.The local office contacts the state or county of the applicant's residence to explore possible eligibility for medical benefits from the state and to obtain information needed for the determination of medical eligibility for the services received while in Oklahoma.

(5) If a member's whereabouts are unknown, as indicated by the return of unforwardable agency mail, refer to OAC 317:35-5-67.

(b) Individuals residing in institutions (correctional facilities and institutions for mental disease).The SoonerCare program will only pay for services rendered to adults (21 through 64 years of age) who are inpatients in an institution for mental disease (IMD), juveniles in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Affairs who are inmates in a state-owned and operated facility, or inmates in a correctional facility, when these individuals are admitted as an inpatient to a hospital, nursing facility, juvenile psychiatric facility or an intermediate care facility for the mentally retarded and meet all other eligibility requirements.

(c) Homeless individuals. Individuals are not required to have a fixed address in order to be eligible for assistance.Individuals who lack a fixed or regular residence, who have temporary accommodations, i.e., supervised shelters, residence of other individuals, a hallway, bus station, car or other similar places, are considered as "homeless". • 1

(d) Individuals residing in IHS, BIA or Tribal controlled dormitories.Individuals that reside in a facility which provides students boarding and lodging on a temporary residential basis for the purpose of attending a Bureau-operated or Indian-controlled contract or public school are considered Oklahoma residents for SoonerCare eligibility purposes. 2


       1.Care must be taken to assure that eligible homeless individuals receive needed services.The worker is expected to make special efforts to assist with securing documentation, etc., in order that homeless individuals are not precluded from services because of their homelessness.

To ensure receipt of benefits by a client who may not have a mailing address nor can establish one, the county office address may be used.This procedure is used only when other options cannot be determined.

        2.If the child meets all factors of eligibility, only the child's needs are included on the case.

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