PM 08-01-07-c

For TANF Cash, certain disability payments received by a parent are exempt up to the one-person SSI Payment Level. These include disability payments received from SSA, SSI, Railroad Retirement, or VA (or combination of these benefits). This exemption applies whether or not the parent is included in the TANF unit.

If the parent is included in the TANF Cash unit, enter code 332 EXMIN in Item 80. Enter an amount equal to the total disability income coded in Item 90. The code 332 EXMIN equals the total (if more than one disability benefit is received) of SSA, 100% VA, and/or Railroad Retirement Disability benefits coded in Item 90. The Item 80 code, 332 EXMIN, is included in the cash budget as a need. It is not counted for Food Stamps.

You must determine whether or not to include a parent who receives disability income in the assistance unit. The following 2 examples show cases in which the parent is excluded.

Example 1: The TANF Cash case includes a parent and 2 children. The Payment Level is revised text$432. The parent receives SSA disability benefits of $280 per month. Determine the parent's eligibility to remain in the case as follows:

Payment Level - 1 adult, 2 children = $432
Payment Level - 2 children = $230
Difference = $202

Since the parent's income of $280 SSA Disability benefits is greater than the $202 difference in Payment Levels, the parent is excluded from the case.

The parent becomes the RPY for the TANF case. The parent can receive FamilyCare Assist, Moms and Babies, AABD Cash, or AABD Medical in a separate case, if eligible.

revised textExample 2: Mr. K and his 2 children are applying for cash benefits. Mr. K, the parent, receives $739 SSA Disability benefits each month. The disability income is greater than the difference ($202) in the Payment Level of 1 adult, 2 children ($432) and the Payment Level for 2 children ($230) so he is excluded from the case. Mr. K is also employed and has gross earned income of $400 per month. Total income received by Mr. K is $1,102. Treat the income as follows:

$739 SSA disability income
-674 Current SSI payment level
$ 65 Countable disability income
+400 Earned income
$465 Income used in Parental Liability determination

revised textParental Liability Determination:

$465 Income from previous calculation
-209 Initial Employment Deduction (see WAG 25-03-02 (1))
$256 Amount compared to 3 times the Payment Level

3 times the Payment Level for one person is $729. Since $729 is more than Mr. K's countable income of $256, there is no parental liability income to budget.

NOTE: The TANF Payment Level and SSI Payment Level used in this example are based on the amounts appropriate for 07/10.

When the parent's disability income is less than the difference in the Payment Levels, the parent stays in the TANF Cash case. Code the income in Item 80 (code 332 EXMIN) and in Item 90 (code 510).

Example: The TANF case includes a parent and 2 children. The Payment Level is revised text$432. The parent receives $100 monthly SSA Disability benefits. Determine the parent's eligibility to stay in the case as follows:

Payment Level - 1 adult, 2 children = $432
Payment Level - 2 children = $230
Difference = $202

Since the $100 is less than the difference in the Payment Level, the parent is included in the TANF case. Code the income in Item 80 (code 332 EXMIN) and Item 90 (code 510).

To identify the type of veteran's benefits being received or a unit member who is eligible for such benefits:

(FCRC) Enter one of the following codes in Item 90 of Form 552 or the appropriate ACM screen:

  • Enter 517 - Veteran's Benefits - Meets Food Stamp Definition of Qualifying Household Member, when a person in the TANF unit meets one of the following:
    • A veteran with a service connected disability rated or paid as totally disabled by the Veteran's Administration (VA) or a veteran considered by the VA to be in need of regular aid and attendance or permanently housebound.
    • A veteran's surviving spouse who is considered in need of aid and attendance or considered permanently housebound by the VA or a veteran's surviving child who is considered permanently incapable of self-support by the VA.
    • A veteran's surviving spouse or child entitled to compensation for a service-connected death or pension benefits for a non-service connected death from the VA if the spouse or child also has a disability considered permanent under Social Security requirements.
  • For code 517, enter F or P in the source column. Enter F if the parent receives 100% VA disability. Enter P if the parent receives VA disability in less than 100%.
  • Enter code 617 - Veteran's Benefits - Not Based on Disability, when a person in the TANF unit is receiving veteran's benefits, but does not meet one of the above definitions.