PM 24-05-03

When determining ongoing eligibility, disregard the following:

  • Any earmarked support paid to HFS and redirected to the client. Earmarked support is not reported on Form 1661 and is not included in the collection amount shown on the form.
  • Up to $50 of the child support reported on Form 1661 for pass through purposes. Use the remaining amount to determine ongoing eligibility. If the case is still eligible, no additional action is required. If the case is ineligible, send Form 157 and cancel benefits.

When determining eligibility for TANF cash, disregard up to $50 of the current non-earmarked child support payments anticipated to be received by the applicant. The amount to be disregarded cannot however, be more than the amount of the support order. If eligibility exists do not budget current child support payments anticipated to be received during the IPE period.

  • A periodic extra child support payment. (To determine a periodic extra payment, review the frequency and amount of child support as shown on Form 1760 or KIDS.

Use one of the following procedures after determining a case is ineligible for assistance:

  • If the only change in case circumstances for the month being examined is the receipt of or increase in non-earmarked child support paid to HFS, the reason for cancellation is the receipt of or increase in support from the noncustodial parent. Enter TAR 21 in Item 33 of Form 552. The benefit unit is eligible for a 4-month extension of medical. If the non-earmarked child support payment causes ineligibility, but the case does not meet the criteria for extended medical benefits, use TAR 24 to cancel benefits.
  • If there is a change in circumstances in addition to the initial or increased non-earmarked child support received by HFS, do not consider the child support payment when making an eligibility determination. If the case is ineligible based on the change in circumstances, cancel benefits using the TAR for the change in circumstances. The benefit unit is not eligible for a 4-month extension of medical.

If the change in circumstances does not cause ineligibility, REDE eligibility and consider the non-earmarked child support payments. If this results in the case being ineligible, cancel benefits using TAR 21 in Item 33 of Form 552. The benefit unit is eligible for a 4-month extension of medical.

  • If the amount of the non-earmarked child support paid to HFS does not change but a change in circumstances causes ineligibility, cancel benefits using the TAR for the change in circumstances. The benefit unit is not eligible for a 4-month extension of medical.