TN 50 (06-04)
SI 01130.695 Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Payments
On November 12, 1998, the President signed into law the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998, P.L. 105-369.
This Act provides for a single payment of $100,000 from the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund to:
Certain individuals with a blood-clotting disorder who may have contracted an HIV infection from a blood transfusion, and
Certain current and former spouses of these individuals who also contracted an HIV infection, and
Certain children of these individuals who also contracted an HIV infection, and
Certain surviving spouses, children, and parents of the above persons.
The Act provides for exclusion of payments from the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund for SSI eligibility/payment purposes and for Medicaid purposes. The Act also provides for exclusion of certain private payments as described in SI 01130.695B.
The following payments, regardless of when received, are excluded from income and resources for both SSI and Medicaid purposes:
Payments from the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Fund;
Payments made from any fund established pursuant to a class settlement in the case of Susan Walker v. Bayer Corporation, et al., 96-C-5024 (N.D. Ill); and
Payments made pursuant to a release of all claims in a case that is entered into in lieu of the class settlement mentioned above and that is signed by all parties in the case on or before the later of (1) December 31, 1997, or (2) the date that is 270 days after the date on which such release is first sent to persons (or the legal representative of such persons) to whom the payment is to be made.
There is no time limit for this resource exclusion.
Prior to July 1, 2004, any interest earned on retained funds is not excluded from income or resources under this ACT for SSI purposes. For SSI benefits payable on or after July 1, 2004, interest earned on retained funds is excluded from income for SSI purposes. (See SI 00830.500C.)
If any unspent funds from a Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund payment or unspent private funds paid pursuant to a hemophilia-clotting-factor suit are retained into the month following the month of receipt (or deposited in a financial institution account), complete the appropriate resource page (e.g., RFIA). Annotate the Excluded Amount. Select other as the exclusion reason and indicate “Ricky Ray Fund” as the reason.
Also, document on the EVID screen that the money is from such fund, the amount received, date received, and amount in a financial institution account(s). For example, “Ricky Ray Fund, Received 11/11/11 $$$,$$$.cc, Amount of Funds in Account No. xxxxxxxxx on 11/11/11, $$$,$$$.cc.”
To identify excluded funds that have been commingled with nonexcluded funds, see SI 01130.700.
2. Obtaining evidence
If an individual applies in a month after he/she received a Ricky Ray payment, obtain evidence of the payment.
If evidence is not available from the individual:
For private payments, contact Metropolitan Life at 1-800-638-8787 for verification of the type and amount of the private payment. Document the EVID screen (or document the file) with the type and amount of the payment.
For payments from the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund, contact the Ricky Ray Program Office at 1-888-496-0338 for verification of the type and amount of the Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund payment. Document the EVID screen (or document the file) with the type and amount of the payment.
3. Reopening prior determinations
If a case comes to your attention where SSA previously counted as income or resources a payment as described in SI 01130.695B, reopen and revise the earliest determination possible under the rules of administrative finality (SI 04070.000).
Exclusion from income of Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund payments, SI 00830.755.