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Administrative Letter No. 12 – 15, Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA 2013) and VA Cost-of- Living Adjustment (COLA 2013) for Special Assistance (SA) Program

N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services, Adult Services Section

Date:

November 20, 2012

   

Subject:

Social Security Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA 2013) and VA Cost-of- Living Adjustment (COLA 2013) for Special Assistance (SA) Program

   

Distribution:

County Directors

Special Assistance Supervisors

Adult Services Supervisors

   

Effective Date:

January 1, 2013

I. SOCIAL SECURITY and VETERAN’S CHANGES DUE TO COLA ADJUSTMENT

II. RECIPIENT NOTICE OF COLA

III. ONGOING CASES AUTOMATICALLY UPDATED IN EIS

IV. ONGOING CASES NOT UPDATED IN EIS

V. APPLICATIONS AND REAPPLICATIONS APPROVED AFTER NOVEMBER 29, 2012

If you have any questions regarding this information, please contact the Special Assistance listserv at specialassistance@dhhs.nc.gov .

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Attachment 1

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO

RECIPIENTS OF SPECIAL ASSISTANCE FOR ADULTS (SA) LIVING IN RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES

December 1, 2012

If you receive a Social Security check and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) check, or Veterans Administration (VA) check, your Social Security/SSI check and/ or VA check will increase effective January 1, 2013 due to the federal Cost of Living Adjustment. This increase in your Social Security/SSI/VA check will have an effect on your SA check because Social Security, SSI, and VA benefits are counted in determining the amount of your SA check. If you reside in a residential facility and your Social Security, SSI, or VA check increases, your SA check will decrease effective January 1, 2013. (If you receive a payment for Special Assistance In-Home, your check will be adjusted when the federal poverty level changes in April 2013. You will be notified of this change in advance.)

Hearing Rights: If you disagree with this decision, you have a right to ask for a hearing. To ask for a hearing, call or write your caseworker within sixty (60) days, which is by January 30, 2013. If you do not ask for a hearing by that date, you cannot have a hearing. A local hearing will be held within 5 days of your request unless you ask for it to be postponed for good reason for an additional 10 days. The hearing will establish whether this action was correct. Then, if you think the decision in the local hearing was wrong, you must call or write your caseworker within 15 days of the local hearing to ask for a second hearing before a state hearing officer.

You may have someone speak for you at your hearing, such as a relative or an attorney obtained at your expense. Free legal services may be available in your community. Contact your caseworker for information on free legal services.

If you ask, your caseworker will show you and the person speaking for you your eligibility record before your hearing. You may ask to see other information used at the hearing.

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