A gap or overlap occurs when the fiscal month changes and the unit received benefits the fiscal month before the change of circumstances and is eligible for benefits the fiscal month after the change of circumstances.
The system adjusts benefits for a gap or overlap when the benefits were issued as regular roll for both the old and new fiscal months.
When the system does not adjust the benefits, the Family Community Resource Center must figure and issue the adjusted benefit amount. See WAG 18-06-00 for how to figure and
issue the adjusted benefit amount.
Gap in Benefits
A change from an earlier fiscal month to a later fiscal month results in a break in benefits. In order to fill the gap in benefits, make sure the unit gets additional benefits.
For example, a gap would occur when the unit's original fiscal month was the first through the last day of the month, and their new fiscal month is the 16th through the 15th of the next month.
Overlap in Benefits
A duplication of benefits occurs when a unit's fiscal month changes from a later fiscal month to an earlier fiscal month. To prevent overissuance, a reduction must be made in the benefit amount for the new fiscal month.
For example, an overlap would occur when the unit's original fiscal month was the 16th through the 15th of the next month, and their new fiscal month is the 1st through the 31st of the next month.