PM 15-04-02-b.

Initial Eligibility for Family Assist - Intake

To determine initial eligibility for Family Assist, subtract the $90 employment deduction, the child care disregard, and the $30 and 1/3 earned income exemption (EIE), if eligible.

Example: A family of 3 applies for medical benefits. They have earned income of $510. They pay no child care. Determine eligibility for Family Assist as follows

Gross Earned Income $510
Employment Deduction - 90
Sub-Total $420*
$30 and 1/3 EIE -160
Total Countable Income $260

*$420 is less than the Standard of Need so $30 and 1/3 EIE is allowed.

Ongoing Eligibility for Family Assist

To determine ongoing eligibility for Family Assist, deduct either of the following:

  • 2/3 TANF employment deduction; or
  • the $90 employment deduction, the child care disregard, and the $30 and 1/3 earned income exemption.

If the family is ineligible for Family Assist under one method, then recalculate using the other.

new Family Assist amountExample 1: A family of 5 in a Group III county with code F in Item 25 reports earned income of $1,152. The family pays no child care.

Step 1: The worker processes the case through ACM (which allows the All Kids/FamilyCare Assist deductions):

Gross Earned Income $1,152
Employment Deduction - 90
Sub-Total $1,062
$30 and 1/3 EIE - 374
Total Countable Income $ 688
Family Assist Standard $ 519

 Step 2: Since the family is ineligible for Family Assist under the first method, recalculate manually using the 2nd method (the TANF employment deduction):

Gross Earned Income $1,152
Employment Deduction - 768
Total Countable Income $ 384
Family Assist Standard $ 519

Since countable income is less than the Family Assist Standard, the family remains eligible for Family Assist. Process through IPACS leaving code F in Item 25.

updated amountsExample 2: A family of 3 in a Group I county has an active Family Assist case. At REDE, they have earned income of $360 and UI of $300. The family pays no child care.

Step 1: The worker first calculates manually allowing the All Kids/FamilyCare Assist employment deduction:

Gross Earned Income $360
Employment Deduction -90
Sub-Total $270
$30 -30
Sub-Total 240
1/3 of the remainder -80
Countable Earned Income $160
Unemployment Comp. +300
Total Countable Income $460
Family Assist Standard $432

 Step 2: Since the family is ineligible for Family Assist using the All Kids/FamilyCare Assist deduction, the worker recalculates using the TANF employment deduction.

Gross Earned Income $360
Employment Deduction -240
Countable Earned Income 120
Unemployment Comp. +300
Total Countable Income $420
Family Assist Standard $432

 Step 3: The family remains eligible for Family Assist. Process through ACM or IPACS, leaving code F in Item 25.