WAG 08-01-07-c: Government Benefits/Private Pensions/Union Benefits

PM 08-01-07-c

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.

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 manual material$549. 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 = updated manual material$549
Payment Level - 2 children = updated manual material$326
Difference = updated manual material$223

Since the parent's income of $280 SSA Disability benefits is greater than the updated manual material$223 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.

Example 2: Mr. K and his 2 children are applying for cash benefits. Mr. K, the parent, receives $839 SSA Disability benefits each month. The disability income is greater than the difference updated manual material($223) in the Payment Level of 1 adult, 2 children updated manual material($549) and the Payment Level for 2 children updated manual material($326) 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:

$839 SSA disability income
-updated manual material794 Current SSI payment level
updated manual material45 Countable disability income
  +400 Earned income
$updated manual material445 Income used in Parental Liability determination

Parental Liability Determination:

$updated manual material445 Income from previous calculation
- updated manual material366 Initial Employment Deduction (see WAG 25-03-02 (1))
updated manual material$79 Amount compared to 3 times the Payment Level

3 times the Payment Level for one person is updated manual material$966. updated manual materialSince $966 is more than Mr. K's countable income of updated manual material$79, 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 updated manual material10/2021.

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

Example: The TANF case includes a parent and 2 children. The Payment Level is revised manual material$549. The parent receives $100 monthly SSA Disability benefits. Determine the parent's eligibility to stay in the case as follows:

Payment Level - 1 adult, 2 children = updated manual material$549
Payment Level - 2 children = updated manual material$326
Difference = updated manual material$223

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