(a)  Recipients may retain equipment for six years or have equipment replaced earlier if his/her disability progresses to the point where different equipment may be necessary or if the equipment exceeds its standard lifespan and is no longer functioning, after which the recipient must reapply and meet current eligibility requirements.

(b)  If a recipient fails to maintain equipment as set out in Rule .0214 of this Section, the recipient is not eligible for replacement equipment. The Division staff shall verify that the equipment did not fail or expire due to misuse or abuse.


History Note:        Authority G.S. 62-157; 143B-216.33(a)(7),(d);

Eff. December 1, 1988;

Amended Eff. May 1, 2007;

Pursuant to G.S. 150B-21.3A, rule is necessary without substantive public interest Eff. May 20, 2017.