Formerly known as MOFAS: Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Exciting News
from MOFAS

If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).

Why PR%F

We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.

Why Alliance?

We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.

What's Next?

Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.

Medical Assistance Tax Equity and Fiscal Responsibility Act (MA-TEFRA)

What?

TEFRA is a 1982 federal law that does not count parents’ income as an eligibility requirement. TEFRA allows children with disabilities to qualify for MA whose parents’ income is over the MA standard. MA-TEFRA provides the same covered services as regular MA. If the parent’s income is above 100% of the Federal Poverty Guideline, they are required to pay a parental fee each month for their child to be on MA-TEFRA. Click here to get an estimate of your monthly parental fee. To determine if MA-TEFRA would be financially beneficial for your family, add up your child’s monthly medical expenses. If these expenses add up to more than your monthly parental fee, then MA-TEFRA will help your family save money. Once approved, MA-TEFRA can be applied to medical expenses incurred during the 3 months prior to the application date if the parents pay 3 months’ worth of parental fees.

Who?

  • Children certified disabled by the State Medical Review team (SMRT). The SMRT approves MA-TEFRA certification for 1-4 years. The SMRT does a two-step review (disability and level of care) and both reviews must be passed to be certified as disabled for MA-TEFRA.
  • Children under the age of 19 years living with at least one biological or adoptive parent (beginning at age 18, the individual usually doesn’t need MA-TEFRA because parent income is no longer counted if the individual is disabled).
  • Children who need a level of care comparable to that provided in a medical facility.
  • The cost for home care must not be more than the amount MA would pay for the child’s care in a medical institution.
  • The child’s income must be under the MA income limit of 100% of the Federal Poverty Guideline.
  • Your child still may be eligible for MA-TEFRA even if your child has other private health insurance.

Where?

Visit the MN Department of Human Services

Further requirements:

What happens when the MA-TEFRA enrollee turns 18?

Apply for regular MA. Because the enrollee is no longer a child, the parents income will not be counted and the enrollee will likely be eligible for regular MA. Another option is applying for Supplemental enrollee’s MA-TEFRA is left open while the SSI Security Income (SSI). The determination is pending.

 

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