.58 Appeals and Complaints.

A. Appeals.

(1) The local department shall give written notice of the right to, and the procedures for, requesting and obtaining a fair hearing to each applicant, recipient, household, or authorized representative:

(a) At the time of application; and

(b) Whenever the local department notifies the applicant or recipient of any action which might deny, delay, suspend, reduce, or terminate benefits.

(2) The appeal procedures are set forth in COMAR 07.01.04.

B. Complaints of Discrimination. An applicant, recipient, household, authorized representative, or individual acting on behalf of a client who believes the local department has discriminated on the basis of age, race, color, sex, disability, religion, national origin, retaliation, or political beliefs may file a written complaint in accordance with COMAR