Revision 18-1; Effective January 1, 2018

 

 

A—710 General Policy

Revision 18-1; Effective January 1, 2018

 

All Programs

Applicants must live in Texas to be eligible for benefits. The household is not required to have a permanent dwelling or fixed residence.

TANF and Medical Programs

Individuals who live in Texas (other than for migrant or itinerant work) meet the residency requirement if they are living in Texas intending to remain in Texas. People who live in Texas for a temporary purpose do not meet the residency requirement.

The person's residence becomes questionable when the post office returns Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) correspondence or benefits as undeliverable.

Migrant and itinerant workers meet the residency requirement when applying if they:

  • live in the state;
  • entered the state with a job commitment or an intention to seek employment (regardless of current employment status); and
  • do not receive assistance from another state.

SNAP

People who live in Texas for any purpose other than a vacation meet the residency requirement, regardless of the length of time they have been here or plan to stay.

Related Policy
Form TF0001 Required (Adequate Notice), A-2344.1

 

A—720 New Texas Residents

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

All Programs

A person cannot participate in more than one state in any month.

When an applicant recently received benefits in another state, the advisor must verify the last month the benefits were issued.

The following links may be used as resources to contact agencies in other states to verify that a new Texas resident's benefits have ended in another state.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Agencies:

National Directory of SNAP Agencies

Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Agencies:

https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/by-state/by-state.html

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Agencies:

www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ofa/help

Medical Programs

New Texas residents may receive overlapping Medicaid coverage. See A-822, Medicaid Coverage for New State Residents, to determine the correct medical effective dates (MEDs) for these persons.

SNAP

Residents in an approved shelter for battered persons may participate twice during the month of application if they participated first with the person who abused or threatened them with abuse.

 

A—730 Moves Within Texas

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

All Programs

Individuals keep their residence status when they move within Texas.

TANF and SNAP

A person cannot participate as a member of more than one household in any month.

SNAP

Residents in an approved shelter for battered persons may participate twice during the month of application if they participated first with the person who abused them or threatened them with abuse.

Related Policy
Household Composition, A-200

 

A—740 Moves Out of Texas

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

TANF and Medical Programs

A certified individual becomes ineligible if the individual moves to another state:

  • with the intent to remain there, or
  • without declaring intent to return.

If the individual returns to Texas within 90 days and states that the move was not intended to be permanent, the advisor must:

  • reopen the Eligibility Determination Group (EDG) using the reason denied-in-error; and
  • issue restored benefits, if appropriate.

SNAP

A household is not eligible for benefits issued for a month after the household leaves Texas.

When a household member notifies HHSC that the household moved out of Texas, Form TF0001, Notice of Case Action, is not required. If the household has not yet moved, the advisor must issue Form TF0001 to provide adequate notice. The EDG is denied effective the end of the month they move, if possible.

Related Policy
Canceling Benefits, B-330

 

A—750 Temporary Visits Out of Texas

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

TANF and Medical Programs

Individuals do not lose their residence status when they temporarily leave Texas.

An individual can be absent from Texas for any length of time. Advisors must review the situation every three months to determine the individual's intent to maintain Texas residence. The individual must reasonably explain:

  • the purpose for leaving Texas,
  • the intent to return to Texas, and
  • which state the individual claims residency in.

An individual is a resident of Texas unless there is substantial, factual evidence that proves otherwise. When the advisor determines that the individual is no longer a resident, the individual is denied.

SNAP

A person is not eligible for SNAP in Texas for any month the individual is out of Texas the entire month.

 

A—760 Verification Requirements

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

All Programs except TP 33, TP 34, TP 35, TP 43, TP 44, TP 45 and TP 48

Advisors must verify the actual physical address of a household at each application and redetermination.

Exceptions:

  • Residence verification is not a requirement for SNAP categorically eligible TANF/Supplemental Security Income (SSI) households.
  • Self-declaration is acceptable as verification of residence when certifying a child for TP 56, MA-Medically Needy with Spend Down.

Note: Residence verification is a requirement for TANF and categorically eligible TANF-Non-Cash (NC) households. Refer to B-472, Special Treatment for Households Meeting Categorical Eligibility Criteria.

When an applicant recently received benefits in another state, the advisor must verify the last month the benefits were issued.

When the advisor cannot verify residence with readily available evidence, the advisor must:

  • contact the landlord, neighbors or other sources of reliable information; or
  • observe personal effects and living arrangements.

When residence is difficult to verify because of unusual circumstances, the advisor must document all efforts to verify and certify the EDG.

Note: If residence for any household is questionable, the advisor may require the household to provide a source of verification that is more reliable, such as one of the primary sources of verification listed in A-761, Verification Sources. The advisor cannot restrict verification to a specific source from that list.

TANF and Medical Programs

Advisors must determine that the household intends to remain in Texas at each application and redetermination.

SNAP and TP 40

Advisors must postpone residence verification if trying to meet expedited service time frames.

TP 33, TP 34, TP 35, TP 43, TP 44, TP 45 and TP 48

Self-declaration is acceptable as verification of residence.

 

A—761 Verification Sources

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

All Programs except Children’s Medicaid

The following are acceptable verification sources to verify the household's current address:

  • utility bills or utility company records;
  • rent receipt or statement from non-relative landlord;
  • mortgage receipt or statement from mortgage company;
  • valid Texas driver license or Department of Public Safety (DPS) identification card;
  • Data Broker residence reported on the DPS data field;
  • Department of Motor Vehicles record;
  • school records;
  • voter registration card;
  • statement from child care provider;
  • employment records or statement from employer;
  • official records confirming ownership of property;
  • home visit;
  • WTPY or SOLQ for Social Security benefit recipients, including those receiving Medicare;
  • item of mail with household name and address;
  • if HHSC mailed the household an appointment notice (Form H1830-I, Interview Notice) to the Texas address the individual currently reports (this includes post office boxes), attendance at the appointment (either by phone or face-to-face) can be used as residence verification;
  • other HHSC correspondence the individual can provide showing the household received it at the individual’s current Texas address;
  • inquiry into Office of the Attorney General (OAG), Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) or another entity’s automated system, outside of HHSC, showing the same Texas address currently reported by the household;
  • a local landline telephone number the individual provides (not a cell phone number) that is either listed in the telephone book or an online directory with the same Texas address the household currently reports, or the household can be contacted at that local telephone number when conducting a telephone interview;
  • searches resulting in a match between the address and the telephone number provided by the individual using the Data Broker Search Options Menu, Telephone Number Search;
  • post office records;
  • city or crisscross directory;
  • church records; or
  • statement from non-relative.

Exception: Self-declaration of residence is acceptable when certifying a child for TP 56, MA - Medically Needy with Spend Down.

TANF and Medical Programs

The individual's statement of intent to remain in Texas is acceptable.

Children's Medicaid

Self-declaration.

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

 

A—770 Documentation Requirements

Revision 15-4; Effective October 1, 2015

 

All Programs

Advisors must document the individual's:

  • proof of address, and
  • all efforts to verify residence when residence is difficult to verify because of unusual circumstances.

TANF and Medical Programs

For temporary visits outside of Texas, advisors must document:

  • the individual's purpose for leaving;
  • the individual's intent to return to Texas; and
  • which state the individual considers their residence.

Related Policy
Documentation, C-940
The Texas Works Documentation Guide