The purpose of this section is to make the most current policy and procedures readily available via a single resource. Memoranda containing policy or procedural information will be placed on this list at the time of distribution. They will remain on the list until the information contained is completely incorporated into the handbook.

Release Date Bulletin Number Title
07-02-20 20-17 COVID Policy Updates #11
06-11-20 20-16 Spousal Impoverishment Dependent Allowance
06-05-20 20-15 COVID-19 Policy Updates #10
05-20-20 20-14 COVID-19 Policy Updates #9
05-12-20 20-13 COVID-19 Policy Updates #8
05-12-20 20-12 SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot
06-04-20 20-11 1. Adult Certified for the Healthy Texas Women Program Leaves the Household
2. Alignment of Medicaid Certification Periods for all Children Living in the Same Household
3. Revised - New SNAP Benefits Distribution Schedule
04-28-20 20-10 COVID-19 Policy Updates #7
04-22-20 20-09 COVID-19 Policy Updates #6
04-14-20 20-08 COVID-19 Policy Updates #5
04-08-20 20-07 COVID-19 Policy Updates #4
04-07-20 20-06 COVID-19 Policy Updates #3
03-27-20 20-05 COVID-19 Policy Updates #2
03-23-20 20-04 COVID-19 Policy Updates #1
03-02-20 20-03 1. Activity Fees as an Allowable Dependent Care Deduction
2. Action on Prisoner Matches
3. Excluding the Full Value of Prepaid Burial Insurance
02-18-20 20-02 Reasonable Opportunity for Healthy Texas Women (HTW)
02-05-20 20-01 1. 2020 Federal Poverty Level
2. Incurred Medical Expenses (IME) Forms Automation
3. Mileage Rate Decrease
02-12-20 19-11 1. Counting Certain Income for SNAP
2. SNAP Illegal Self-Employment Income Deductions
3. SNAP Uncapped Shelter Deduction
4. Temporary Census Income
5. Countable ABAWD Months for SNAP
6. Veteran’s Programs and ABAWD Work Requirements
7. Revised - Federal Benefits 2020 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)
10-31-19 19-10 1. Discontinuation of The Work Number (TWN)
10-21-19 19-09 1. Alimony Paid for MAGI Expenses
2. Data Broker - Predictive Analytics Phase II
09-10-19 19-8

1. Revised SNAP Income Limits, Deductions, and Allotments
2. Revised TANF Maximum Grant Amounts
3. Public Benefit Integrity Unit Messages in Data Broker
4. Quality Control Sanctions in Data Broker

Attachment – SNAP Allotment Chart

08-15-19 19-7 1. Revised - Monthly Guardianship Fees
2. Child Support Payments Directed into a Special Needs Trust
05-30-19 19-6 1. Spousal Impoverishment Dependent Allowance
2. Spousal Impoverishment for Waiver Participants
04-01-19 19-5 1. Death Policy and Process Improvements
2. Disqualifying an Individual for Not Clearing a Social Security Number (SSN) Discrepancy
3. Verifying Good Cause for Non-cooperation with Child and Medical Support Requirements
4. Homeless Shelter Standard Deduction Update
04-01-19 19-4 Data Broker - Predictive Analysis
02-20-19 19-3 Federal Government Shutdown Update
02-01-19 19-2 1. Excluding Pretax Contributions from Gross Income for Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) Programs
2. Mileage Rate Increase
3. 2019 Federal Poverty Level
01-14-19 19-1 Federal Government Shutdown Information
12-14-18 18-10 1. Removal of Fleeing Felon and Parole/Probation Violator Application Questions
2. Maternal Depression Screening Questions
3. Suspension, Termination and Reinstatement of Health Care Coverage for Persons Confined to a County Jail
09-06-18 18-8 1. Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) Household Composition and Household Income Exception Updates for Tax Dependents Age 19 and Older
2. Healthy Texas Women Auto-Enrollment Expansion
3. Authorized Representative Correspondence
4. Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities (MEPD) and Medicare Savings Program (MSP) Review Changes
06-13-18 18-5 1. Verifying Fleeing Felons and Parole/Probation Violators for SNAP and TANF
2. Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Streamlined Reporting (SR) Requirements
3. Applicant’s Right to Copies of Submitted Applications
4. Lawfully Residing Status Codes for Children’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
5. 2018 Spousal Dependent Allowance
6. Updates to Medicaid After Supplemental Security Income Denial - Children and Qualified Medicare Beneficiary
10-04-17 17-15 1.Counting Social Security Benefits for Modified Adjusted Gross Income Programs
2.Social Security Number Validation
3.Determining Good Cause for SNAP Employment and Training Noncompliance
09-19-17 17-14 1. Texas Lottery Commission
2. Medicaid After Supplemental Security Income Denial
09-18-17 17-13 Statewide - Hurricane Harvey - Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) Policy

Attachment - DSNAP Application Sites Revised
09-14-17 17-11 Implementation of Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) for Hurricane Harvey - Phase I - 11 Counties.

Revised - Implementation of Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) for Hurricane Harvey - Phase I - 11 Counties.
08-22-17 17-10

In-Home and Family Support Program

08-01-17 17-9 Updates to Managed Care Enrollment for Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer, Adoption Assistance, Permanency Care Assistance, and Former Foster Care Children Types of Assistance
07-07-17 17-8 Retroactive Medicaid Coverage for Children Abandoned in Psychiatric Hospitals
06-01-17 17-7 1. Spousal Dependent Allowance Adjustment 2017
2. MyGoals for Employment Success Participant Payments
05-22-17 17-6 Medicaid for Residents of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Juvenile Probation Department Halfway Houses
04-26-17 17-5 1. Aligning MEPD and Texas Works Alien Status Policy
2. Verifying Fleeing Felons and Parole/Probation Violators for SNAP and TANF
3. SNAP Exclusion for School-Based Savings Accounts
4. ABAWD Time Limit Exemption for Veterans Receiving Disability Payments
03-13-17 17-4 Data Broker Resolutions  
1. Accessing Data Broker
2. Case Processing
3. Suspended Cases- Business Process Redesign
02-23-17 17-3 Updated Data Broker Procedures
02-17-17 17-2 Data Broker Update- Phase I
1. Data Broker Reports- TIERS and the Stand-Alone Portal
2. Residence Verification
3. Real Property Value Verification
4. Vehicle Verification
5. Asset Verification
12-07-16 16-16 2017 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for Federal Benefits
05-18-16 16-08

Implementation of Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Newton County Residents - Revised

Attachment - Affidavit for Supplemental Benefits

12-14-15 16-03 2016 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for Federal Benefits
09-18-15 16-02 1. Texas Department of Criminal Justice Match Process
2. National Directory of New Hires
3. Elimination of Same-Sex Marriages Contingency Processing Method
09-11-15 16-01 Business Process Redesign – Flexible Appointments (BPR Locations Only)
08-25-15 15-11 Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages
04-03-15 15-09

1. Updates to Authorized Representatives
2. Electronic Correspondence
3. Preferred Languages for Correspondence

02-17-15 15-08 2015 Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP) Income Limits
02-03-15 15-07 Presumptive Eligibility (PE) Determined by Qualified Hospitals and Qualified Entities
12-09-14 15-04 2015 Federal Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA): Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI); Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Railroad Retirement (RR) Benefits; Medicare Part B Premiums
12-12-14 15-03 Budgeting Earned Income using Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Quarterly Wage Information
10-01-14 15-02 Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
06-02-14 14-11 1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Monitoring and Replacements
2. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
    Attachment - Excessive Card Replacement Notice - English
Attachment - Excessive Card Replacement Notice - Spanish
09-01-15 14-05 Federally Required Eligibility Changes for Medicaid and CHIP (September 2015 Update)
10-08-12 13-02

1. Name and Funding Source Change for the Women’s Health Program (WHP)
2. Texas Health Steps Informing Materials
3. Health Care Orientation
4. Correction to Texas Works Handbook October 2012 Quarterly Revision

07-19-12 12-10 Form H1106, Enumeration Referral
05-17-12 12-09 1.Authorized Representatives and Alternate Payees for Independent Children
2. Social Security Administration/Bureau of Vital Statistics Death Match Processing