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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.

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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$520. 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 = Manual Update0918$520
Payment Level - 2 children = Manual Update 0918$309
Difference = Manual Update 0918$211

Since the parent's income of $280 SSA Disability benefits is greater than the Manual Update 0918$211 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 Manual Update 0918$839 SSA Disability benefits each month. The disability income is greater than the difference Manual Update0918($211) in the Payment Level of 1 adult, 2 children Manual Update0918($520) and the Payment Level for 2 children Manual Update0918($309) 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:

Manual update 0918$839 SSA disability income
-750 Current SSI payment level
$  89 Countable disability income
  +400 Earned income
$489 Income used in Parental Liability determination

Parental Liability Determination:

Manual update 0918$489 Income from previous calculation
- 346 Initial Employment Deduction (see WAG 25-03-02 (1))
$143 Amount compared to 3 times the Payment Level

3 times the Payment Level for one person is Manual update0918$912. Manual Update0918Since $912 is more than Mr. K's countable income of $143, 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 Manual update091801/18.

When the parent's disability income is less than the difference in the Payment Levels, the parent stays in the TANF Cash case. Manual Update 0918

Example: The TANF case includes a parent and 2 children. The Payment Level is revised text$520. The parent receives $100 monthly SSA Disability benefits. Determine the parent's eligibility to stay in the case as follows:

Manual Update0918Payment Level - 1 adult, 2 children = $520
Payment Level - 2 children = $309
Difference = $211

Since the $100 is less than the difference in the Payment Level, the parent is included in the TANF case. Manual Update0918

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