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 ext$543. 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 text$543
Payment Level - 2 children = updated manual text$323
Difference = updated manual text$220

Since the parent's income of $280 SSA Disability benefits is greater than the updated manual text$220 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 text($220) in the Payment Level of 1 adult, 2 children updated manual text($543) and the Payment Level for 2 children updated manual text($323) 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 text771 Current SSI payment level
updated manual text68 Countable disability income
  +400 Earned income
$updated manual text468 Income used in Parental Liability determination

Parental Liability Determination:

$updated manual text468 Income from previous calculation
- updated manual text362 Initial Employment Deduction (see WAG 25-03-02 (1))
updated manual text$106 Amount compared to 3 times the Payment Level

3 times the Payment Level for one person is updated manual text$957. updated manual textSince $957 is more than Mr. K's countable income of updated manual text$106, 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 text10/2020.

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

Example: The TANF case includes a parent and 2 children. The Payment Level is revised manual text$543. 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 text$543
Payment Level - 2 children = updated manual text$323
Difference = updated manual text$220

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