Revision 18-1; Effective January 1, 2018

 

A—210 General Policy

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

TANF

The composition of a Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) certified group:

  • is a person or group of relatives whose needs are included in one Eligibility Determination Group (EDG).
  • must include an eligible child, unless the eligible relative cares for a child who receives:
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Foster Care with Cash or Adoption Assistance with Cash; or
    • ME - SSI Medicaid (TP 19) and the relative chooses not to apply for TANF for the child.

Some persons are required members of the TANF certified group. The individual may not choose to exclude a required member from the certified group. If the individual fails to provide available verifications for a required member, assistance is denied for the entire certified group.

A TANF-State Program (SP) certified group must contain both an eligible:

  • caretaker/parent; and
  • second parent.

Note: Households are eligible for TANF-SP if the budget group contains:

  • two parents who are eligible and certified for TANF;
  • one parent who is certified for TANF and the other parent is disqualified for one of the reasons listed in A-222, Who Is Not Included, No. 4, Disqualified Members, unless that disqualification is due to not meeting citizenship requirements; or
  • two parents who are disqualified for one of the reasons listed in A-222, No. 4, unless that disqualification is due to not meeting citizenship requirements.

Related Policy
Alien Sponsor's Income, A-1361
A Household with Members on TANF, TANF-State Program (SP), TP 07, TP 08 and TP 20, B-480

 

SNAP

A Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) unit is one person or a group of people who live:

  • together and who usually purchase and prepare their food together; or
  • with others and intend to purchase and prepare food separately after certification.

Exception: A separate household status is allowed to a person (along with the person's spouse) age 60 or over who lives with others but cannot purchase and prepare food separately because of permanent incapacity, provided that required household members are not excluded. To allow separate household status, the gross income of the other household members (without the elderly person and spouse) must be less than 165 percent of the Federal Poverty Income Limit for the number of other persons.

The elderly person must:

  • prove that he or she meets the Social Security disability criteria in B-432, Definition of Disability, if questionable; and
  • provide verification of the other household member's income.

Note: All required members are always included, as described in A-231, Who Is Included, in the elderly person’s household. For example, the elderly person’s spouse or children under age 22 are always included in the same household unless elderly members have their own SNAP Combined Application Project (SNAP-CAP) EDGs.

Related Policy
Who Is Included, A-231
Noncommercial Roomer/Boarder Payments, A-1323.4.3
Disqualified Members, A-1362
Alien Sponsor's Income, A-1361
Students in Higher Education, B-410
Joint Supplemental Security Income (SSI)-SNAP Applications, B-476
Categorically Eligible Households, B-470

 

Medical Programs

Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) household composition is used to determine whose needs, income, and expenses are considered in determining an individual’s eligibility for medical programs. Each MAGI household composition is determined on the individual level. Individuals living at the same physical address may have a different MAGI household composition. MAGI household composition is based on federal income tax rules.

Exception: Medically Needy with Spend Down has certain exceptions for determining MAGI household composition and income explained in A-1359, How to Determine Spend Down.

An individual does not have to file a federal income tax return to apply for Medical Programs.

 

 

A—211 Relationships Resulting from Termination of Parental Rights

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

All Programs

When a court terminates the relationship between a biological or adoptive parent and child, a legal parent/child relationship does not exist between the two individuals.

If a biological or adoptive parent’s parental rights to a child are terminated, that parent no longer has a legal parent/child relationship to that child, nor to any of the child’s children who are born after the date the parental rights were terminated.

Example: Amy’s parental rights to her child Julie are terminated when Julie is 16. Julie already has one child, Jill, at the time Amy’s parental rights are terminated. Subsequently, Julie has a second child, Bill. As a result, Amy no longer has a legal relationship with Julie or Bill, but she retains her grandparent relationship to Jill.

Note: A parent whose parental rights have been terminated is not considered the natural parent of their biological child.

Relationships that existed between the child and other relatives of the biological parent are not interrupted or terminated. The only relationship terminated is that of the parent that relinquished his or her parental rights. Example: The child's biological or adoptive grandparents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins still have the same relationship to the child they had before the parental rights were terminated.

Related Policy
Child Support and Medical Support Referrals, A-1122.2

 

A—212 Relationships Resulting from Adoption Procedures

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

All Programs

A legal parent/child relationship is created when an individual adopts a child. The adoptive parent/child relationship creates the same relationships with the adoptive parent's relatives that are created with a biological parent/child relationship. Example: When a grandparent adopts a biological grandchild, the:

  • grandparent becomes the child's adoptive parent, and
  • the biological parent becomes the child's adoptive sibling.

 

A—213 Adoption Household Composition Situations

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

TANF

Adoption household composition is determined by the advisor using the following steps:

Step 1

Identify all eligible children for the applicant/recipient.

Step 2

Include all eligible children in the certified group.

Step 3

Include all siblings of the children included in Step 2 if they are eligible children and cannot be certified separately from their sibling. Include a minor's child at the caretaker/payee's request.

Example 1

If a household consists of the applicant, the applicant’s two biological children, ages 15 and 17, the 15-year-old's baby (age 1) that the applicant has adopted, and the 17-year-old's 2-year-old baby, the advisor must:

Step 1 Identify eligible children:
  • 15-year-old (daughter of applicant)
  • 17-year-old (daughter of applicant)
  • 1-year-old (adopted daughter)
  • 2-year-old (applicant's grandchild – include at applicant's request)
Step 2 Include in certified group:
  • applicant
  • 15-year-old
  • 17-year-old
  • 1-year-old
Step 3 Include in certified group at the applicant's request:
  • 2-year-old

Example 2

If a household consists of the applicant, adopted child (biological grandchild), and the adopted child's half-sibling, not related to the applicant, the advisor must:

Step 1

Identify eligible children:

  • adopted child
Step 2 Include in certified group:
  • applicant
  • adopted child
Step 3 N/A – there are no optional eligible children.

Note: For TP 32, TP 33, TP 34, TP 35, TP 43, TP 44, TP 48 or TP 56, the half-sibling can be considered an independent child when determining the child’s eligibility for Medicaid. See A-910, General Policy.

 

A—220 TANF

Revision 08-1; Effective January 1, 2008

 

 

 

A—221  Who Is Included

Revision 18-1; Effective January 1, 2018

 

TANF

The following are always included in the TANF certified group:

  1. Eligible Child

    An eligible child is a person who meets TANF requirements, is not married according to Texas state law, and is:
    • under age 18; or
    • age 18 and:
      • is a full-time student (as defined by the school) in high school, attends an accredited general equivalency diploma (GED) class, or regularly attends vocational or technical training as an equivalent to high school attendance; and
      • expects to graduate before or during the month of the child’s 19th birthday.

    Notes:
    • GED is approved only if the class is administered by an accredited institution.
    • When removing a child age 18 or 19 from the grant, A-1424, Diversions, Alimony, and Payments to Dependents Outside the Home, is used to determine whether to divert for the child's needs.
    • A child certified for foster care Medicaid only or adoption assistance Medicaid only is a potentially eligible child.

    An emancipated minor is an eligible child if the:
    • child meets the TANF age criteria;
    • child is not married in accordance with Texas state law; and
    • caretaker/payee exercises parental control of the child.

  2. Eligible Legal Parent

    An eligible legal parent is a legal parent who meets TANF requirements and lives with an eligible child. This includes a parent who is absent solely because of employment or active duty in the U.S. military. See A-1040, Deprivation Based on Absence from the Home. This includes parents receiving foster care or adoption assistance services for themselves, but not the child(ren).

    Exception: See No. 6, Minor Parents, below.
     
  3. Siblings

    A sibling is a brother or sister of an eligible child, including legally adopted and half-brothers and sisters. Siblings must be certified together if they meet all TANF requirements. If an unborn child will be a required member of the certified group, a special review is set for the first day of the month after the expected delivery month.

    Note: Half-brothers/sisters who do not meet the degree of relationship to the caretaker are not eligible to receive TANF benefits but can be certified as an independent child on a separate Medicaid EDG. See A-910, General Policy.

    Example: The household consists of a grandparent, two grandchildren and a half-sibling to the grandchildren. The two grandchildren can be certified for TANF and Medicaid because they meet the required degree of relationship to the caretaker. The half-sibling does not meet the required degree of relationship to the caretaker and cannot be certified for TANF. The half-sibling can be certified as an independent child on a separate Medicaid EDG.

    Exception: See No. 6, Minor Parent, below.
     
  4. Caretaker

    A caretaker is any specified relative who:
    • is present in the home; and
    • supervises and cares for the TANF child(ren).

    A caretaker must be the child's:
    • father or mother;
    • grandfather or grandmother;
    • brother or sister;
    • uncle or aunt;
    • first cousin;
    • nephew or niece;
    • stepfather or stepmother;
    • stepbrother or stepsister; or
    • first cousin once removed.

    Relationship extends to the:
    • Spouse of the listed relatives, even after the marriage has ended in death or divorce, regardless of when the child's birth occurred.
    • Degree of "great-great" for uncles/aunts and nephews/nieces.
    • Degree of "great-great-great" for grandparents.

    A caretaker meets the relationship requirement even if a court has jurisdiction over the child or an agency is the child's managing conservator. If a child lives with a managing conservator, the conservator must meet the relationship requirement.

    If a child lives with a married relative (not a parent) who wants to be considered the caretaker, eligibility and benefits are determined using:
    • normal budgeting procedures for the applicant's income, and
    • stepparent budgeting for the income of the applicant's spouse.

    Note: See A-1366, Stepparent EDGs, for budgeting.

    If the person applying for the child cannot qualify to receive TANF, the individual’s needs are not included in the certified group. If no one qualifies as caretaker, only the needs of the eligible children are included.

    No one else is included as caretaker if the legal parent is:
    • in the home; and
    • physically and mentally able to provide care.

    Exception: The stepparent may be certified as caretaker if the stepparent wants to be included and the legal parent has a disability. The stepparent and legal parent who has a disability are certified for TANF-SP when the stepparent is included in the certified group.

    Related Policy
    Relationship, A-520
    Relationship Charts, C-1440

  5. Second Parent

    When a child lives with both legal parents, both parents are included in the certified group. The parent who is not the caretaker is the second parent. The second parent must meet all TANF requirements.

    The household may be certified for TANF-SP when:
    • both parents are eligible and certified for TANF;
    • one parent is eligible and certified for TANF and the other parent is disqualified for one of the reasons listed in A-222, Who Is Not Included, No. 4, Disqualified Members, unless that disqualification is due to not meeting citizenship requirements; or
    • both parents are disqualified for one of the reasons listed in A-222, No. 4, unless that disqualification is due to not meeting citizenship requirements.

    Related Policy
    General Policy, A-1310
     
  6. Minor Parent

    A minor parent and child(ren) living with the minor parent's parent(s) and/or siblings may:
    • be certified separately if the:
      • minor parent's parent(s)/sibling(s) is not a TANF applicant/recipient; or
      • minor parent cannot be included in his parent(s)'/sibling(s)' TANF EDG because he is not an eligible child; or
    • continue to receive TANF on a separate EDG if the minor parent's EDG was certified before the:
      • month the parent(s)/sibling(s) applied for TANF; or
      • day the minor parent moved into the home with the parent(s)/sibling(s).

    Otherwise, the minor parent must be included as a child with the:
    • legal parent(s) who receives TANF/TANF-SP; or
    • sibling certified for TANF/TANF-SP as a child.

    If the caretaker or payee in the EDG requests TANF for the minor parent's child, the child is included in the EDG with the caretaker/payee and the minor parent.

    Exception: A married minor parent is an eligible legal parent and must be certified separately from the minor parent’s parents. See No. 1, Eligible Child, above.

    Related Policy
    Requirement for Unmarried Minor Parents to Live with an Adult or in an Adult-Supervised Setting, A-930
    Unmarried Minor Parent Income, A-1365
    Stepparent Budgeting Procedures, A-1366.2
     
  7. Stepparents

    A stepparent is not a child's legal parent but is the legal parent's spouse. Stepchildren are deprived of parental support because one legal parent is absent.

     

    Include the stepparent in the certified group only if the stepparent wants to be included and:
    • the stepparent is the only parent in the home; or
    • both the legal parent and the stepparent are in the home and the legal parent has a disability according to policy in A-1051, Determining Incapacity.

     

    Certify the stepparent and legal parent with disabilities for TANF-SP when the stepparent is included in the certified group.

     

    If the legal parent and stepparent live in the home and have mutual children, they must all be included in the same certified group.

     

    Related Policies
    Resources of Stepparents, A-1247
    Stepparent EDGs, A-1366
    A Household with Members on TANF, TANF-State Program (SP), TP 07, TP 08 and TP 20, B-480  
     
  8. People in Nursing Homes

    If a member of the TANF-certified group temporarily enters a nursing facility, the individual’s needs are left in the TANF budget during the nursing facility stay or until the individual is certified for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The individual should be referred to the Social Security Office for an SSI eligibility determination.

 

A—222 Who Is Not Included

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

TANF

The following are not included in the TANF-certified group:

  1. Payee

    A payee is a relative who meets relationship requirements in A-220, TANF, and lives with, supervises and cares for an eligible child. The payee is authorized to receive the TANF benefits for an eligible child but is not a member of the certified group because the individual is a:

    • legal parent who would be a caretaker but is ineligible due to receipt of SSI.
    • relative other than the legal parent who qualifies as a caretaker except the individual:
      • chooses not to be included as caretaker;
      • receives SSI, Foster Care with Cash or Adoption Assistance with Cash payments;
      • is disqualified for an intentional program violation (IPV); or
      • fails to comply with a program requirement that would disqualify a legal parent. See No. 4, Disqualified Members, below.

    Note: A payee who chooses not to be included as a caretaker on one EDG may be a caretaker on another TANF EDG for other related children.

  2. Protective Payee

    A protective payee must be selected to receive and manage the TANF benefit if the caretaker is not using the TANF payments for the children's benefit. See A-1553, Use of TANF Benefits.

    The protective payee must be someone who can help the individual spend the household'sTANF benefits properly. The individual must agree to the person designated as the protective payee unless the:

    • Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) designates a protective payee, or
    • advisor designates the grandparent (including great- or great-great-grandparent) as authorized representative and protective payee, because the parent is not using the TANF payments for the child's benefit. See A-170, Authorized Representatives (AR).

    The protective payee cannot be a:

    • Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) employee, or
    • person who provides HHSC services to the family.

    The protective payee situation must be re-evaluated at each complete redetermination. For EDGs with a:

    • DFPS-requested protective payee, DFPS must be contacted at each complete redetermination to determine whether the protective payee should continue; and
    • grandparent designated as protective payee and authorized representative, any reports alleging that the grandparent is not using TANF for the child's benefit must be investigated.

    When designating or continuing a protective payee, the individual is notified and allowed an opportunity to appeal.

  3. Representative Payee

    A representative payee is designated if an individual is unable to receive and manage the household's TANF or Medicaid benefits because of incapacity or incompetence. The representative payee must be knowledgeable about the family members and interested in the family’s welfare. The individual must designate this representative in writing if physically or mentally capable of doing so.

    The representative payee may be the authorized representative who assisted in the eligibility process.

  4. Disqualified Members

    A legal parent is disqualified from the certified group if the individual:

    • does not meet citizenship requirements;
    • refuses to comply with Medicaid third-party resource (TPR) requirements;
    • does not comply with Social Security number requirements;
    • is found guilty of an intentional program violation;
    • fails to timely report the temporary absence of a certified child (see A-920, Temporary Absence from the Home, for disqualification procedures);
    • is a fugitive fleeing to avoid prosecution of or confinement for a felony criminal conviction, or found by a court to be violating federal or state probation or parole;
    • is convicted of a felony drug offense (not deferred adjudication) for the possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance as defined in 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act [U.S. Code (USC) 802(6)] that was committed on or after April 1, 2002, in Texas or another state;
    • has received benefits for the total months allowed by the state time limit;
    • is a minor parent who fails to comply with the unmarried minor parent domicile requirement; or
    • is denied for refusal to cooperate with the program integrity assessment (that is, quality control) process.

    Note: A legal parent is permanently disqualified for a felony drug conviction (not deferred adjudication) for an offense that was committed on or after April 1, 2002.

    A child is disqualified from the certified group if the child:

    • is a fugitive;
    • fails to comply with Social Security number requirements;
    • is a minor parent and fails to report the temporary absence of the minor parent's child; or
    • is convicted of a felony drug offense that was committed on or after April 1, 2002.

    Notes:

    • If the disqualified member wishes to apply for Medicaid, the advisor must determine which medical program applies to the disqualified household member. If all eligibility requirements are met, the member is certified on the appropriate medical program.
    • When the criminal history report in the Data Broker system indicates the individual has been convicted of an offense involving a controlled substance, the situation should be discussed with the individual. If the individual claims not to be the individual indicated on the criminal history report but the identifying information on the report (name, date of birth, physical description) leads the advisor to believe the report is correct, or the individual is in disagreement with other information provided in the report (for example, the type of conviction or whether it was a felony or misdemeanor), the advisor must:
      • document the client’s response in Case Comments;
      • proceed with the appropriate EDG action without acting on the criminal history report;
      • contact the Office of Inspector General (OIG) by emailing the OIG General Investigations Policy and Quality Control Unit at oig_gi@hhsc.state.tx.us; and
      • document the reason for contacting OIG in Case Comments. Once OIG obtains information to clear the discrepancy, the assigned OIG investigator provides the response/finding by creating a task within the Task List Manager (TLM) system. The assigned advisor clearing this task documents the results of the OIG's findings in case comments and, if applicable, enters information in the Data Collection-Individual Demographic-Conviction/Rehabilitation page. Make an overpayment referral if appropriate. (See B-770, Filing an Overpayment Referral.)

Related Policies
Disqualified Members, A-1362
General Policy, A-1210
When the Client Signs Form H1073, A-2128.1

  1. SSI Recipients

    A TANF family member is removed from the grant when the person is certified for SSI. The Social Security Administration notifies HHSC via an interface when a TANF recipient is determined eligible for SSI.

    Exception: Children whose SSI financial benefits were denied because of changes in the SSI disability definition in the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 receive TP 19, SSI Denied Children. Individuals may choose to include or exclude these children from the TANF certified group.

  2. Residents in State Supported Living Centers for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

    If a TANF recipient enters a state supported living center for individuals with intellectual disabilities, the individual’s needs are removed from the TANF grant. If the recipient is the caretaker or payee, the grant continues for the remaining eligible children in another eligible person's name.

  3. Strikers

    A household's application or ongoing benefits are denied for any month in which a certified or disqualified legal parent is participating in a strike.

  4. Foster Care with Cash Payment, Adoption Assistance with Cash Payment, and Permanency Care Assistance (PCA) with Cash Payment recipients.

A person receiving these cash benefits is not included in the TANF EDG.

Note: An individual potentially may receive Texas Department of Family and Protective Services foster care through the individual's 22nd birthday month. Adoption assistance and PCA are only received through the 18th birthday month unless the family signs an agreement after the youth turns age 16. When this occurs, the youth may receive adoption assistance or PCA through their 22nd birthday month.

  1. A child who is ineligible, such as an ineligible alien child or a child who is not within the required degree of relationship to the adult caretaker/payee, is not included.

 

A—223 Certifying Children on Non-Parent Caretaker EDGs

Revision 16-3; Effective July 1, 2016

 

TANF

When an eligible child lives with a relative other than the legal parent, the child is certified on:

  • a separate EDG when the relative receives TANF for children who are not the child's natural, adopted, or half siblings (designate the relative as a payee); or
  • the same EDG with the non-parent caretaker when the relative:
    • requests it and is not receiving TANF for any other children; or
    • is receiving TANF for children who are the child's natural, adopted, or half siblings.

Each other-related child (other than siblings) is certified on a separate EDG.

Exception: Other-related children are certified on the same EDG if:

  • at least one EDG is ineligible separately;
  • the members would be eligible if the EDGs were combined; and
  • the relative requests that they be combined.

A child's TANF must not be denied because of the income or resources of a:

  • child who is not the child’s natural, adopted, or half sibling; or
  • caretaker who is not the child’s parent (see A-1366.2, Stepparent Budgeting Procedures).

When an EDG is denied because of the income or resources of a non-parent relative caretaker:

  • process the denial for the EDG including the caretaker's request for aid; and
  • process a separate EDG to determine the child's eligibility without the caretaker.

Note: Households that include a non-parent caretaker are not eligible for TANF-SP.
See B-480, A Household with Members on TANF, TANF-State Program (SP), TP 07, TP 08 and TP 20, for more information on the action to take when some members must be denied while others remain eligible.

Related Policy OTTANF, A-2411 Grandparent Payments, A-2412 Documentation Requirements, A-2470

 

A—224 Special Household Composition Situations

Revision 02-8; Effective October 1, 2002

 

 

 

A—224.1 TANF-SP EDGs with Stepchildren or a Parent's Child from a Previous Relationship

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

TANF

The following must be included in the TANF-SP EDG:

  • a child who lives with a natural/adoptive parent, a stepparent, and a sibling who is the parent and stepparent’s mutual child.
  • parents and all children, when:
    • the legal parents of a mutual child are not married to each other, and
    • one or both have a child living in the home who is not a mutual child.

If the household is ineligible for TANF-SP because they do not meet other TANF eligibility requirements such as income or resources, the family unit must remain as one filing unit even when stepchildren are included. In this situation, the advisor must determine whether the household meets eligibility requirements for the Medical Programs.

If an active TANF-SP EDG is denied because of earnings or the removal of the 90 percent earned income deduction and the household is receiving TP 08, the Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System (TIERS) will deny both the TANF-SP and TP 08 EDGs and create:

  • a transitional Medicaid EDG if the certified group meets the eligibility criteria; or
  • another Medical Program type of assistance EDG for eligible members if they are not eligible for transitional Medicaid and are otherwise eligible for medical coverage.

Related Policy
Transitional Medicaid Coverage, A-840
General Eligibility Information, A-841
TP 07 Transitional Medicaid, A-842

 

A—224.2 TANF-SP EDGs with an Other-Related Child

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

TANF

Each other-related child living in the family (see A-223, Certifying Children on Non-Parent Caretaker EDGs) is certified on a separate EDG unless the child or other members are ineligible separately. If the child or other members are ineligible separately, the other-related child in the TANF-SP EDG is included. The advisor must ensure that the other-related child has the opportunity to continue receiving TANF when the TANF-SP EDG is denied.

 

A—230 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Revision 08-1; Effective January 1, 2008

 

 

 

A—231 Who Is Included

Revision 16-4; Effective October 1, 2016

 

SNAP

The following people must be certified as a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) household if they live together:

  1. Parents and children (natural, adopted or step) age 21 or younger. Parents and children living together when the parent or child is away from home for employment or educational purposes only, and returns home at least one day a month are considered. This includes college students who are eligible for SNAP, as explained in B-410, Students in Higher Education.

    Notes:
    • Consider the individual’s age as 22 beginning the month they turn age 22.
    • Do not consider a parent whose parental rights were terminated as the natural parent of a child.
    • The relationship between a stepparent and stepchild terminates when the marriage between the parent and stepparent terminates, either by death or divorce.
    • When DFPS places a child in foster care, the foster child is considered under parental control of the foster parent. If the foster child's parent moves into the home, the parent, child and foster parent must all be included in the SNAP household.
    • If the parents of a child do not live together and the child lives with each parent part of the month, the child can be certified with either parent as long as both parents do not apply. If both parents apply, then certify the parent who provides the majority of meals for the child.
  2. A child under age 18 and any nonparent adult household member with parental control over the child. A child not under parental control may apply separately if the child purchases and prepares food separately. Individuals age 18 are considered beginning the month they turn age 18.

    Exceptions: Even if under parental control of a nonparent household member:
     
    • A foster parent or caregiver has the option to include or exclude a foster/Permanency Care Assistance (PCA) child/adult as a household member in the SNAP-certified group. Households with more than one child/adult can opt to include some foster/PCA children/adults while excluding others, even if the foster/PCA children/adults are related to each other or related to the foster parent or caregiver. A foster/PCA child/adult who is excluded from the foster/PCA family's SNAP-certified group is not eligible to participate in SNAP alone as a separate household or as a certified member on another household's SNAP EDG. See A-1326.4, Foster Care and Permanency Care Assistance (PCA) Payments, for information on how to budget foster care/PCA payments.
    • The household may consider a foster child as a boarder instead of a household member. See A-1323.4.3, Noncommercial Roomer/Boarder Payments.
    • A child under age 18 who purchases and prepares food separately can apply separately if the child is:
      • married and living with the spouse; or
      • the parent of a minor child living in the home.
    • A child under age 18 residing with a SNAP-CAP participant can apply separately. The minor child is certified as the SNAP head of household. See B-475.3, Household Composition.
  3. Spouses. Spouses are people who:
    • are married to each other; or
    • live together and represent themselves to the community as married. This definition may differ from state laws governing common-law marriage.
      • A same-sex marriage that occurred before June 26, 2015, is considered valid effective June 26, 2015.
      • A same-sex marriage that occurred on or after June 26, 2015, is considered valid on the date it occurred.

Note: Spouses are considered to be living together even when one spouse:

  • is away from home for employment or educational purposes only; and
  • returns home at least one day a month.

Exception: SNAP-CAP participants are certified on separate EDGs.

 

A—232 Who Is Not Included

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015


 

 

A—232.1 Nonmembers

Revision 16-3; Effective July 1, 2016

 

SNAP

The following are not included in a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)-certified group:

  1. Roomers — A roomer who pays for lodging but not food as a separate household is certified unless the individual meets one of the three categories in A-231, Who Is Included.
  2. Live-in attendants — A live-in attendant is certified as a separate household unless the individual meets one of the three categories in A-231.
  3. Boarders — Boarders in noncommercial boarding houses cannot receive SNAP separate from the household they are living with. Boarders who live in a commercial boarding house cannot participate in SNAP. See A-1323.4.3, Noncommercial Roomer/Boarder Payments.

    Note: The household has the option to include or exclude a foster child/adult as a household member in the SNAP-certified group.
     
  4. Ineligible students — These are students who do not meet the student criteria in B-410,Students in Higher Education.
  5. Institutional residents  Residents who are offered more than half their meals from an institution that is not an approved institution. (See examples of approved institutions in the note below).

    Common examples of institutions are hospitals, nursing homes, public or private homes for persons with a disability, establishments for delinquents and young offenders, group homes for children, penal and correctional institutions, jails, homeless shelters, and students living in a school dormitory where the majority of meals are provided.

    Some foster children/adults are placed by foster placement agencies in homes or facilities other than a foster parent home and are cared for by individuals who are employees of, or contract with, placement agencies. There usually are multiple foster children/adults residing in such facilities. Foster children/adults who reside at these facilities or locations instead of at the foster parent’s home address are considered institutionalized and cannot receive SNAP.

    Note: Residents of approved institutions can receive SNAP as explained in A-116.2, Applications from Residents of a Homeless Shelter; B-440, Drug and Alcohol Treatment (D&A)/Group Living Arrangement (GLA) Facilities; B-450, Residents in Family Violence Shelters.

    Residents of a homeless shelter, drug and alcohol treatment center, or a shelter for battered persons can apply and be certified separately, regardless of how they purchase and prepare meals with other residents. The SNAP household would consist of the mandatory household members found in A-231, Who Is Included.

  6. New household members who are certified in another household. These people are not added to the new EDG until they are removed from the old one. Exception: Residents in shelters for battered persons may receive two allotments in one month if the original benefits were issued to the former household that included the woman and children and the abusive person. See B-454, Participation Twice in Same Month.
  7. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Combined Application Project (SNAP-CAP) participants. Household members are certified separately from an active SNAP-CAP participant. See B-475.3, Household Composition.

Related Policy
Foster Care and Permanency Care Assistance (PCA) Payments, A-1326.4
Prepared Meal Services, B-460
Determining Whether an Individual Who Receives Residential Assistance Is Institutionalized, B-490

 

A—232.2 Disqualified Persons

Revision 16-3; Effective July 1, 2016

 

SNAP

These are people who would be required SNAP household members but are disqualified. They cannot participate during their period of disqualification. The disqualified individual’s circumstances, however, including income and resources, do affect the household's benefits.

  1. Fugitives are people who are fleeing to avoid prosecution of or confinement for a felony criminal conviction, or are found by a court to be violating federal or state probation or parole. The individual's statement is accepted as verification and the individual is treated as a disqualified person for the period they remain a fugitive.
  2. Individuals with a felony conviction. An individual with a felony drug conviction (not deferred adjudication) in Texas or another state occurring on or after September 1, 2015, for the possession, use or distribution of a controlled substance as defined in 102(6) of the Controlled Substance Act [21 USC 802(6)]:
  • incurs a two-year SNAP disqualification if the individual violates a condition of parole or community supervision: or
  • incurs a permanent disqualification if the individual has a subsequent felony drug conviction while receiving SNAP.

The individual's statement is accepted as verification of a felony drug conviction.

When the criminal history report in the Data Broker System indicates the individual has been convicted on or after September 1, 2015 of an offense involving a controlled substance, discuss the situation with the individual. If the individual claims not to be the individual indicated on the criminal history report but the identifying information on the report (name, date of birth, physical description) leads the advisor to believe the report is correct, or the individual disagrees with other information provided in the report (such as the type of conviction or whether it was a felony or misdemeanor), the advisor must:

  • document the individual's response in Case Comments;
  • proceed with the appropriate EDG action without acting on the criminal history report;
  • contact the OIG by emailing the OIG General Investigations Policy and Quality Control Unit at oig_gi@hhsc.state.tx.us; and
  • document the reason for contacting OIG in Case Comments. Once OIG obtains information to clear the discrepancy, the assigned OIG investigator provides the response/finding by creating a task within the Task List Manager (TLM) system. The assigned advisor clearing this task documents the results of the OIG's findings in Case Comments and, if applicable, enters information in the Data Collection-Individual Demographic-Conviction/Rehabilitation page. Make an overpayment referral if appropriate. (See B-770, Filing an Overpayment Referral.)
  1. IPV. These are people disqualified for an intentional program violation in Texas or another state.
  2. Noncooperation with SNAP Employment and Training (E&T). These are people disqualified for failing to cooperate with E&T requirements.
  3. Noncooperation with Social Security number (SSN) requirements. These are people disqualified for failing to cooperate with SSN requirements.
  4. Ineligible Alien. These are people who do not have eligible alien status to receive benefits.
  5. SNAP ABAWD Work Requirement. These are people who are age 18 up to age 50 who have received their initial three months of SNAP benefits and who do not meet the work requirement.

Related Policy Disqualified Members, A-1362

 

A—240 Medical Programs

Revision 16-4; Effective October 1, 2016

 

Medical Programs

The following individuals may be certified for medical coverage if they meet all eligibility criteria:

  • children under age 19;
  • other-related children under age 19;
  • independent children under age 19;
  • pregnant women;
  • legal parent(s);
  • caretaker relatives; or
  • spouse of caretaker relatives.

MAGI rules are used to determine financial eligibility for certain Medical Programs. MAGI rules are based on Internal Revenue Service tax rules.

The following criteria are considered when determining the MAGI household composition for Medical Programs:

  • tax status;
  • tax relationships;
  • living arrangements; and
  • family relationships.

Tax Status

An individual’s tax status must be designated before their MAGI household composition can be determined.

Tax status is based on the individual’s self-declaration for what he or she plans to report on his or her federal income tax return for the taxable year in which eligibility for Medical Programs is requested.

Individuals must be designated as one of the following:

  • A taxpayer – an individual who plans to file a federal income tax return for the taxable year in which eligibility for Medical Programs is requested and who is not claimed by another taxpayer. Spouses who plan to file a joint or separate federal income tax return are both considered taxpayers.

Note: For MAGI household composition purposes, an unmarried individual who intends to file a joint tax return is considered a taxpayer filing separately. An individual who is unmarried is not considered a taxpayer filing jointly.

  • A tax dependent – an individual who plans to be claimed as a tax dependent by a taxpayer.

Note: An individual who is both a taxpayer and tax dependent is considered a tax dependent. Example: A college student who plans to file his or her own federal income tax return and expects to be claimed by his or her parents will be considered a tax dependent.

  • A non-taxpayer/non-tax dependent – an individual who does not plan to file a federal income tax return in the taxable year in which eligibility for Medical Programs is requested and does not plan to be claimed by a taxpayer. 

Tax Relationships

Individuals have a tax relationship to one another if they:

  • plan to file a joint federal income tax return;
  • are the taxpayer that plans to claim specific tax dependent(s); or
  • are a tax dependent of a specific taxpayer.

Individuals do not have a tax relationship to anyone if they:

  • do not plan to file a federal income tax return;
  • are not the taxpayer planning to claim the specified tax dependent(s); or
  • are not a tax dependent of a specified taxpayer.

Living Arrangements

Individuals are not required to live at the same physical address in order to apply for each other if they have a tax relationship, as explained in A-121, Receipt of Application.

Domicile requirements explained in A-900, Domicile, apply to TP 08, Parents and Caretaker Relatives Medicaid. A parent/caretaker relative must reside with a dependent child to receive TP 08 benefits.

A child entering a state hospital may qualify as an independent child. The child may qualify even if ordered by the court into a state hospital. A child is considered an independent child if court ordered into a state hospital because the parent/caretaker relative no longer has care and control. If the parent/caretaker relative admitted the child voluntarily into a state hospital, verification of whether the parent/caretaker relative still has care and control to determine independent child status is required.

An inquiry should be performed prior to certifying an independent child. The child is certified as an independent child if all eligibility criteria are met. The coverage continues for 12 months, even if the child is released from the state hospital. If a child is released from the facility prior to the end of the 12-month period, the address change is processed and coverage is continued.

Determining Custodial Parent

A custodial parent is established based on physical custody and who has legal authority to claim a child as a tax dependent specified in a court order, binding separation agreement, divorce agreement, or custody agreement.

  • If there is no order or agreement, or in the event of a shared custody agreement without specifications for filing federal income tax returns, the custodial parent is the parent with whom the child spends most nights. In the event that the child spends an equal amount of nights with both parents, the advisor must make a prudent person decision regarding which parent should be considered the custodial parent.
  • If both a custodial parent and a non-custodial parent declare that they plan to claim the same child as a tax dependent on their federal income tax return, the advisor should build the child’s MAGI household composition as a tax dependent of the custodial parent. 

Family Relationships

Family relationships that impact household composition include:

  • marriage;
  • parents of children under age 19; and
  • siblings under age 19 or a child under age 19.

The tax status of the individual impacts how the family relationship is used in determining MAGI household composition.

Notes:

  • For MAGI only applications and renewals, a relationship and tax status of unmarried and intending to file jointly is not an indication that the individual is currently married or that there is a discrepancy in the individual's marital status.
  • For integrated applications and renewals that include SNAP or TANF, a relationship and tax status of unmarried and intending to file jointly should be treated as a case clue if marital status is questionable.
  • For all applications and renewals, if the client provides a tax document with an indication of marital status that is inconsistent with the marital status that was reported on an application, the discrepancy in the marital status must be resolved.

A household cannot choose to exclude a child from the budget group when determining eligibility for Medical Programs. 

The policy in A-241, Budget Group, and A-242, Certified Group, is used to determine whom to include in the budget and certified group.

Related Policy
Children Admitted into State Hospitals, A-922
Verification Requirements, A-940
Documentation Requirements, A-950
Applications for Babies Born to Women in Prison, A-116.3
Eligibility Requirements, A-521

 

A—241 Budget Group

Revision 12-1; Effective January 1, 2012

 

 

A—241.1 Who Is Included

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

 

A—241.1.1 Taxpayer’s MAGI Household Composition

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

Medical Programs

The following individuals are included in the taxpayer’s MAGI household composition:

  • The taxpayer;
  • The taxpayer’s spouse, if the taxpayer and the spouse live together;
  • The taxpayer’s spouse, if the taxpayer and spouse file a joint federal income tax return; and
  • Any individual the taxpayer plans to claim as a tax dependent.

 

A—241.1.2 Tax Dependent Exceptions

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

Medical Programs

If a tax dependent meets any one of the following exceptions, staff must use the non-taxpayer/non-tax dependent rules explained in A-241.1.4, Non-Taxpayer/Non-Tax Dependent’s or Tax Dependent with an Exception MAGI Household Composition, (not the tax dependent rules) to build the tax dependent’s MAGI household composition:

  • The tax dependent is not the taxpayer’s spouse or the taxpayer’s child under age 19;
  • The tax dependent is a child under age 19 who lives with both parents who do not plan to file a joint federal income tax return and the child was claimed by one parent; or
  • The tax dependent is a child under age 19 who is claimed as a tax dependent only by a non-custodial parent.

For a child claimed as a tax dependent by both parents who are filing jointly, with one parent living outside the home, the child does not meet the third tax dependent exception. Staff must build the child’s MAGI household composition using the tax dependent rules explained in A-241.1.3, Tax Dependent’s MAGI Household Composition.

 

A—241.1.3 Tax Dependent’s MAGI Household Composition

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

Medical Programs

If an individual is a tax dependent and does not meet a tax dependent exception previously listed, the following individuals must be included in the tax dependent’s MAGI household composition:

  • The tax dependent;
  • The individuals in the MAGI household composition of the taxpayer who is planning to claim the tax dependent; and
  • The tax dependent’s spouse, if the tax dependent and the spouse live together.

 

A—241.1.4 Non-Taxpayer/Non-Tax Dependent’s or Tax Dependent with an Exception MAGI Household Composition

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

Medical Programs

If an individual does not plan to file a tax return nor plans to be claimed as a tax dependent, the individual is considered a non-taxpayer/non-tax dependent. All tax dependents who meet an exception – Tax Dependent Exceptions­ – will build his or her MAGI household composition using the non-taxpayer/non-tax dependent rules.

The following individuals must be included in the non-taxpayer/non-tax dependent’s or tax dependent with exception’s MAGI household composition if living together

  • The individual,
  • The individual’s spouse,
  • The individual’s children under age 19, and
  • If the individual is a child under age 19:
    • The individual’s parents, and
    • The individual’s siblings under age 19.

 

A—241.1.5 Inclusion of the Unborn

Revision 16-4; Effective October 1, 2016

 

Medical Programs

The expected number of unborn children are included in the MAGI household composition of:

  • a pregnant woman; and
  • any individual whose MAGI household composition includes a pregnant woman.

Note: When including the expected number of unborn children in the MAGI household composition, the pregnant woman is not required to be certified on a medical program.

Related Policy
General Policy, A-910
Income Limits and Eligibility Tests, A-1341
Who Is Included, D-321
Who Is Not Included, D-322

 

A—241.2 Who Is Not Included

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

Advisors must use the MAGI household composition policy explained in A-241.1, Who Is Included, when determining eligibility for Medical Programs. 

 

A—241.3 Household Composition Situations (Minor Parents, Independent Children, Etc.)

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

Advisors must use MAGI household composition policy explained in A-241.1, Who Is Included, when determining eligibility for Medical Programs.

 

A—241.3.1 Children's Living Arrangements

Revision 18-1; Effective January 1, 2018

 

Medical Programs

A child is considered institutionalized if the child is residing in a facility:

  • that is an organizational part of a governmental entity, such as a county holding facility for juveniles; or
  • over which a government unit exercises final administrative control.

A child is not considered institutionalized if the child is residing in a facility that is a:

  • publicly operated community residence that serves no more than 16 residents, such as a county emergency shelter;
  • non-public facility, such as a group or foster home or a general residential operations facility;
  • state hospital; or
  • halfway house operated by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or Juvenile Probation Department that meets the following federally required criteria:
    • the halfway house must operate in such a way that individuals living there have freedom of movement and association according to the following tenets;
    • residents are not precluded from working outside the facility in employment available to individuals who are not under justice system supervision;
    • residents can use community resources at will; and
    • residents can seek health care treatment in the community to the same or similar extent as other Medicaid enrollees.

Related Policy

Children Placed in a Non-Secure Facility, B-474.1.2.1.1

 

A—241.4 Family Violence Exemption

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

Medical Programs

Individuals may not be able to or may not want to provide information about a member of their MAGI household composition because they fear physical or emotional harm by that person. Individuals who are pended for missing information about a MAGI household composition member who may be a family violence offender can contact HHSC to request the family violence exemption by calling 2-1-1 or visiting a local office.  

Advisors must ask the individual requesting the family violence exemption, at the time the exemption is requested, if they want to be designated as the head of household for the case. Advisors must also confirm the address that should be used for agency correspondence and offer to set up an alternate address if needed. Individuals experiencing family violence must be allowed to provide an address for agency correspondence other than the address on the case with the offender.

If the individual wants to pursue the family violence exemption, advisors must determine whether the individual has existing approved Office of the Attorney General (OAG) good cause for TANF or TP 08 as explained in A-1130, Explanation of Good Cause. 

  • If the individual has existing OAG good cause, no further action is required for the individual. The advisor must select “OAG Good Cause” as the verification source in TIERS.
  • If the individual does not have existing OAG good cause, the advisor must make a referral to a family violence specialist at a nearby family violence service provider, following the process explained in A-241.4.1, Referral to a Family Violence Specialist. 

 

A—241.4.1 Referral to a Family Violence Specialist

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

Advisors must send the contact information for the nearest family violence shelter to the individual pursuing the family violence exemption using Form H1071, Family Violence Exemption for Medicaid and CHIP. Form H1071 informs the individual how they can claim the family violence exemption and is sent along with Form H1020, Request for Information or Action. 

The individual must contact the family violence specialist and explain the need to claim the family violence exemption. After the family violence specialist makes the recommendation, the family violence specialist completes Form H1706, Good Cause Recommendation and Family Violence Exemption, and may mail or fax the form to HHSC, or send the form back with the individual to HHSC. Only a family violence specialist can recommend the exemption using Form H1706. Form H1706 is due 10 days from the date Form H1020 was sent (or 30 days from the file date, whichever is later).

  • If the family violence specialist recommends the family violence exemption, the exemption is granted and will affect all MAGI EDGs on the case by removing the offender from their MAGI household composition. 
  • If the family violence specialist does not recommend the family violence exemption, the exemption is denied. The advisor must re-pend the MAGI EDGs to give the individual additional time to provide the information that was originally requested for the MAGI household member.
  • If Form H1706 is not returned by the due date, the exemption is denied. All pending MAGI EDGs are denied for failure to provide information that was originally requested for the MAGI household member.
  • If the client withdraws the request for the family violence exemption, the client must provide the information that was originally requested for the MAGI household member by the due date, or the pending MAGI EDGs are denied.

Once the family violence exemption has been established by a family violence specialist, advisors do not need to re-evaluate the exemption. If the individual contacts HHSC to indicate that they no longer wish to receive the family violence exemption, advisors should update the page by indicating that the exemption has been withdrawn by the client.

The individual continues to receive the family violence exemption until there is a break in eligibility for all MAGI EDGs on the case. If an individual wants to pursue the family violence exemption again after a break in eligibility, advisors must follow the referral process explained in this section.

 

A—242 Certified Group

Revision 17-1; Effective January 1, 2017

 

Medical Programs

Each EDG will have one individual in the certified group.

TP 08

Parents and caretaker relatives caring for a dependent child who receives Medicaid.

TA 31, TP 32, TP 33, TP 34, TP 35 and TP 36

Pregnant women, children under age 19, and parents and caretaker relatives who are ineligible for ongoing Medicaid because they are non-immigrants, undocumented aliens, or certain legal permanent resident aliens who do not meet the citizenship eligibility requirement but meet all other eligibility requirements. Only a person with an emergency medical condition is certified.

TP 40

Minor or adult pregnant woman unless disqualified from Medical Programs for not complying with TPR or SSN requirements.

TP 43

Children under age 1.

If the child is hospitalized on the child’s first birthday, eligibility is continued through the month the hospitalization ends. See A-825, Medicaid Termination, for additional information.

TP 44

Children age 6 to 18. Children are eligible through the month of their 19th birthday.

Note: A child should be certified for TP 48 rather than TP 44 the month of the child’s sixth birthday.

If the child is hospitalized on his 19th birthday, eligibility is continued through the month the hospitalization ends. See A-825, Medicaid Termination, for additional information.

TP 45

Children under 12 months old whose mother was eligible for and receiving Medicaid at the time of the child's birth. The mother's eligibility for the child's birth month can be determined retroactively.

TP 48

Children age 1 to 5. Children are eligible through the month of their sixth birthday.

Note: A child should be certified for TP 45 (or 43) rather than TP 48 the month of the child’s first birthday.

If the child is hospitalized on the child’s sixth birthday, eligibility continues through the month the hospitalization ends. See A-825, Medicaid Termination, for additional information.

TP 56

The following individuals should be certified for TP 56 if they meet all other eligibility criteria:

  1. A pregnant woman with household income that exceeds the income limits for TP 40 unless disqualified from Medical Programs for not complying with:
    • TPR requirements; or
    • SSN requirements.
  2. Children under age 19 with household income that exceeds the income limits for TP 43, TP 44 and TP 48 unless disqualified from Medical Programs for not complying with:
    • TPR requirements; or
    • SSN requirements.

 

A—250 Verification Requirements

Revision 16-3; Effective July 1, 2016

 

TANF

There are no verification requirements for household determination. See A-500, Age/Relationship; A-900, Domicile; and A-1000, Deprivation.

Out-of-state disqualifications for felony drug convictions must be verified.

SNAP

The following must be verified:

  • household size, if questionable, or if a regional requirement;
  • out-of-state disqualifications for intentional program violations;
  • out-of-state disqualifications for felony drug convictions;
  • compliance with parole or community supervision for individuals with a felony drug conviction on or after September 1, 2015 at each application, renewal, and when adding a new individual with a felony drug conviction at a change; and
  • whether a felony drug conviction is:
    • subsequent to another felony drug conviction on or after September 1, 2015; and
    • received while the individual was receiving SNAP.

The individual's statement is acceptable about who buys and prepares meals, unless questionable.

An elderly and person with disabilities claiming separate household status must provide verification of:

  • meeting criteria in B-432.1, Social Security's Criteria for Disability, if questionable; and
  • other household members' income.

Medical Programs

In order for an advisor to determine an individual’s MAGI household composition, each individual on the application must provide his or her tax status, which will identify the individual as a taxpayer, tax dependent, or a non-taxpayer/non-tax dependent. Additionally, applicants must provide the following information on their tax relationships to one another:

  • a taxpayer who plans to claim one or more dependents must provide the name(s) of the dependent(s);
  • a taxpayer who plans to file a joint federal income tax return with a spouse must provide the spouse’s name;
  • a taxpayer who plans to file a separate federal income tax return from his or her spouse must provide the name and filing status of the spouse; and
  • a tax dependent must provide the name of the taxpayer(s) who expects to claim him or her.

Note: For a pregnant woman, if tax status information is not available and the client cannot be reached, the advisor can create a Medicaid for Pregnant Women (TP 40) EDG and certify the pregnant woman by postponing verification of tax status, as explained in A-145.1, Postponed Verification Procedures. TIERS will use the non-tax payer/non-tax dependent household rules to build and pend the TP 40 EDG for the tax status information. Advisors must verify tax status for a TP 40 EDG after certification if the tax status was not verified by the client during the eligibility determination.

 

A—251 Verification Sources

Revision 17-2; Effective April 1, 2017

 

SNAP and TANF

  • Current school record showing the same address as the specified relative
  • Visual observation of the child
  • Statement from non-relative landlord
  • Statement from non-relative neighbor
  • Hospital, clinic, health department or private doctor's record
  • Statement from clergy
  • Court child support order
  • Juvenile court records
  • Child welfare records
  • Marriage license/certificate
  • Juvenile Medicaid Tracker (only for those placed or released by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department/Juvenile Probation Department)

An out-of-state human services agency can verify intentional program violations and felony drug convictions.

 

TANF

An out-of-state human services agency can verify time limits.

 

SNAP

Compliance with parole or community supervision for individuals with a felony drug conviction on or after September 1, 2015 can be verified using:

  • Form H1806, Parole/Community Supervision Report; or
  • answers to the parole or community supervision compliance questions submitted online through YourTexasBenefits.com or the Your Texas Benefits Mobile App when the individual who has the felony drug conviction is the same individual who:
    • signed the online application;
    • signed the renewal; or
    • submitted the change. 

Subsequent felony drug convictions while receiving SNAP can be verified using:

  • Criminal history in Data Broker
  • Out-of-state human services agency
  • TIERS inquiry

Medical Programs

The client’s statement is an acceptable verification source for MAGI household composition, including an individual’s tax status and tax relationships.

Related Policy
Questionable Information, C-920
Providing Verification, C-930

 

A—260 Documentation Requirements

Revision 16-3; Effective July 1, 2016

 

TANF and TP 08

An explanation of persons living in the home who are not included on the EDG must be documented for TANF and TP 08. See A-540, Documentation Requirements; A-950, Documentation Requirements; and A-1080, Disability Verification, for documentation requirements for relationship, domicile and deprivation.

TANF

The following must be documented:

  • specific reason for designating a representative payee;
  • basis for giving separate household status to married minors;
  • name and telephone number of the out-of-state human services employee;
  • months of TANF cash assistance received in other states since October 1999 by an adult household member;  
  • that the household was informed of the one-time payment at application and whether the caretaker requested it or declined it; and
  • that a grandparent was informed of the one-time grandparent payment at application or periodic review if the grandparent is potentially eligible and whether they requested it or declined it.

 

SNAP

The following must be documented:

  • explanation of the household composition;
  • basis of granting separate household status;
  • individual's response to Data Broker information if the individual disagrees with the information;
  • reason for an OIG referral resulting from the Data Broker criminal history record for a felony drug conviction;
  • the result of OIG's findings;
  • disqualification status of any disqualified household member;
  • name and telephone number of the out-of-state human services employee who provides verification;
  • name of the household member currently disqualified for an intentional program violation in another state (see B-941, Disqualifying a Household Member with a Current SNAP Out-of-State IPV Disqualification, for additional documentation requirements); and
  • number of any countable months of benefits received in another state as an able bodied adult without dependents (ABAWD).

Related Policy
The Texas Works Documentation Guide