The purpose of this section is to make the most current policy and procedures available with 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
04-08-21 21-07 1. COVID-19 Update: Processing Denial Actions for Medicaid Programs
2. COVID-19 Update: Additional Emergency Allotment (EA) Supplement
04-02-21 21-06 1. COVID-19 Update: Recovery Rebates
2. COVID-19: Transfer of Assets
3. COVID-19 Update: Federal Pandemic Unemployment (FPUC)
4. COVID-19 Update: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
5. COVID-19 Update: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
03-09-21 21-05 1. Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver
2. HTW Plus (HTW+)
03-09-21 21-04 1. COVID-19 Update: Additional Emergency Allotment Supplement
2. COVID-19 Update: Extended Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Certification Periods
3. COVID-19: SNAP Student Eligibility
02-05-21 21-03 1. COVID-19: Additional Emergency Allotment Supplement
2. Mileage Rate Decrease
3. Temporary Census Income
4. 2021 Federal Poverty Level
01-13-21 21-02

1. COVID-19 Update: Additional Emergency Allotment Supplement
2. COVID-19 Update: Temporary Increase in SNAP Benefits

Attachment – SNAP Allotment Chart

01-06-21 21-01 1. COVID-19 Update: Recovery Rebates
2. COVID-19 Update: Federal Pandemic Unemployment (FPUC)
3. COVID-19 Update: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
4. COVID-19 Update: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)
12-22-20 20-30 COVID Policy Updates #20
12-04-20 20-29 Federal Benefits 2021 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA)
12-03-20 20-28 COVID Policy Updates #19
11-30-20 20-27 Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Form Updates
10-23-20 20-25 Retest Medicaid Eligibility for Persons Certified on Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or CHIP Perinatal (CHIP-P)
10-1-20 20-24 COVID-19 Policy Updates #17
09-11-20 20-22

1. TIERS Updates Related to Pre-Tax Contributions
2. MAGI Updates for Alimony
3. MAGI Updates for Moving Expenses
4. Determining Good Cause for SNAP Employment and Training Noncompliance
5. Revised SNAP Income Limits, Deductions, and Allotments
6. Revised TANF Maximum Grant Amounts
7. Revised SNAP-CAP Allotment

Attachment – SNAP Allotment Chart

09-30-20 20-21 COVID-19 Policy Updates #15
06-11-20 20-16 Spousal Impoverishment Dependent Allowance
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
04-07-20 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)
10-21-19 19-09 1. Alimony Paid for MAGI Expenses
2. Data Broker - Predictive Analytics Phase II
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
02-01-19 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
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
08-22-17 17-10

In-Home and Family Support Program

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
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

02-03-15 15-07 Presumptive Eligibility (PE) Determined by Qualified Hospitals and Qualified Entities
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)
09-01-15 14-05 Federally Required Eligibility Changes for Medicaid and CHIP (September 2015 Update)
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