Income is money received in exchange for work performed, from the sale of goods or services, or as a benefit. Certain income is exempt and does not affect eligibility, while other income is nonexempt and affects eligibility.
All income must be verified and the amount and source documented in the case record.
When determining eligibility, use only nonexempt income currently available to meet the customer's needs. Allow deductions from the employed person's earned income (PM 08-02-03). The only deductions allowed from unearned income are those that are mandatory and not authorized by the person; for example, recoupments of prior overpayments or withholding of court-ordered support. Nonexempt income is only available to the extent and in the amount that it is actually received by the customer.
When the customer's available nonexempt income meets their needs based on the financial standard, the customer is ineligible for cash benefits. When the customer is ineligible for cash, determine eligibility for medical benefits.