07/31/13

Summary:

  • Effective 08/01/13, do not consider assets for TANF or RRP cash when completing an initial determination of eligibility, a disposition, or a redetermination.
  • Beginning 08/01/13, do not consider the value of vehicles when determining SNAP eligibility.
  • Do not require SNAP applicants to provide information about vehicles. 
  • Do not ask a cash applicant about assets or require verification of assets unless the request is based on being aged, blind, or disabled (AABD). Do not enter any asset information in the system for TANF or RRP.

Introduction:

Due to Public Act 98-0114, assets are no longer considered for the TANF and RRP programs for initial or ongoing eligibility determinations. Federal regulations allow for the exemption of vehicles as an asset for SNAP if vehicles are exempt under TANF.

Beginning with initial eligibility determinations, dispositions, or redeterminations done 08/01/13, do not consider assets for Category 00, 04, 06, or the value of vehicles for SNAP. Do not use assets as a reason to deny or cancel Category 00, 04 or 06. Do not use vehicle ownership as a reason to deny or cancel SNAP of any category.

Do not ask a cash applicant about assets or require verification of assets unless the request is based on being aged, blind or disabled (AABD).

Because the Integrated Eligibility System (IES) will soon be replacing AIS and ACM, no changes will be made to those systems. While continuing to use AIS and ACM, skip over, or answer NO to questions concerning assets for TANF and RRP applicants or recipients. Do not enter asset codes in IPACS for Category 00, 04, 06 cases. 

A manual release will follow which will list obsoleted type action reasons and Item 91 codes, as well as form revisions.

[signed copy on file]

Michelle R.B. Saddler

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services