At intake when determining initial eligibility and budgeting for regular roll, the entire amount of child support that is received by the client and not forwarded to HFS is unearned income, less a disregard per case of up to $100 a month for one child or up to $200 a month for two or more children. The number of children is based on the number of children receiving TANF on the case. There is one disregard per case regardless of the number of absent parents making child support payments each month. This includes ordered or voluntary support.
When child support payments are collected by HFS, the family will receive a pass through payment of up to $100 of child support collected in a month for one child or up to $200 of child support collected in a month for two or more children per case. The number of children is based on the number of children receiving TANF on the case. The pass through payment is systematically generated and sent to the customer. When determining ongoing eligibility, the pass through payment is disregarded. The child support payments collected and kept by HFS are not considered unearned income. For all Family Health plans, the pass through amount is disregarded.
Pass through payments are not exempt when budgeting for SNAP benefits. See PM 13-02-00 for SNAP budgeting.
If orders for current non-earmarked child support are added together and the total monthly obligation is less than $100 for one child, or $200 for two or more children, then exempt as pass through only the amount of current support received. Follow the same policy for voluntary payments of less than $100 for one child, or $200 for two or more children in a month.
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