The Refugee Resettlement Program (RRP) provides medical and cash benefits for eligible needy refugees and special immigrants for a time period set by the federal government based on available federal funding.
The current refugee eligibility period is for 8 months after the date of entry into the United States (U.S.). For asylees, it is 8 months from the date asylum is granted.
For Iraqi and Afghan Special Immigrants the eligibility period is 8 months from the date of entry as a special immigrant, or 8 months from the date their status was adjusted to special immigrant after arrival in the U.S.
RRP benefits are issued under Categories 00 (cash and medical) or 90 (medical only). RRP Cash assistance begins with the date of application. Refugees and special immigrants who qualify for regular AABD (Cash or Medical), TANF, Family Assist, FamilyCare Assist, All Kids Assist, or Moms and Babies are ineligible for RRP. However, they may receive RRP medical if eligible without a spenddown and they would have a spenddown under the other program.