An LTSS application should be submitted at least 45 days before coverage is needed, if possible.
For example, if coverage is needed May 1st, the application should be submitted no later than March 15 if possible. It should include a note saying that the applicant wants coverage to start May 1.
Submitting an application as far in advance as possible should allow time for the HCS eligibility determination process. During this process, an HCS financial worker will determine financial eligibility and an HCS social worker will assess functional eligibility. Assuming both are met, the social worker will establish the needed level of care and authorize services.
Note: Some HCS offices have been taking longer than 45 days to process applications. You may wish to submit your application earlier than 45 days, if possible, before you need coverage. Submit a note with your application saying when you want coverage to begin.