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
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
02-05-20 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)
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
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.
08-01-17 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
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
12-29-16 16-17 Refugee Medical Assistance (RMA) Program Update
09-16-16 16-15 Extension of Certification Periods for Certain Households
08-30-16 16-13 Expedited Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Enrollment
Attachment - Sample Welcome Letter
08-08-16 16-12 1. Former Foster Care Children (FFCC) Updates (CBS Staff)
2. Medicaid for Transitioning Foster Care Youth (MTFCY) Updates (CBS Staff)
3. Suspension and Reinstatement of TP 44 and Termination of Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Eligibility of Certain Children Placed in a Juvenile Facility (CBS Staff)
08-08-16 16-11 1. Suspension and Reinstatement of TP 44 and Termination of Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Eligibility of Certain Children Placed in a Juvenile Facility
2. Transition from Medicaid for Pregnant Women (TP 40)
06-06-16 16-09 Texas Women's Health Program Changes
    Attachment - Affidavit for Supplemental Benefits
04-20-16 16-07 1. Mileage Rate Decrease 
2. 2016 Federal Poverty Income Limits (FPILs) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Filing Thresholds 
3. Affordable Care Act (ACA)—Updates to Inclusion of the Needs of Unborn Children in the CHIP (TA 84) Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) Household Composition - Revised

Attachment 1 - 2016 Federal Poverty Income Limits (FPIL)
Attachment 2 - Federal Poverty Income Limits (FPIL) Transitional Medicaid
Attachment 3 - Standard Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) Disregard
Attachment 4 - Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Monthly Income Thresholds

12-18-15 16-05 All Programs
1. Affordable Care Act (ACA)—Counting Self-Employment Correctly SNAP
2. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Eligibility for Residents of Institutions
3. SNAP Eligibility for Individuals with Felony Drug Convictions
Medical Programs
4. ACA—Updates to Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) Household Composition
5. ACA—Update to Administrative Renewals Correspondence
6. ACA—Eligibility of a Spouse for Parent and Caretaker Relatives Medicaid
7. Medically Needy with Spend Down Deeming Newborns
8. Transitional Medicaid—Adding Spousal Support to Type Program (TP) 20
9. Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer (MBCC)
09-11-15 16-01 Business Process Redesign – Flexible Appointments (BPR Locations Only)
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
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
10-01-14 15-02 Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)
09-02-14 15-01 1. Revised Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Income Limits, Deductions, and Benefit Allotment Chart 
2. Revised Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Maximum Grant Amounts and TANF Chart
3. Revised Able Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) Waiver Counties Charts
    Attachment - 2015 SNAP Allotment Charts
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
03-03-14 14-08 1. Mileage Rate Decrease
2. Authentication of Caller Identity for Interviews, Texas Integrated Eligibility Redesign System (TIERS) Automation
3. 2014 Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP) Income Limits
12-06-13 14-06 Pilot – Expanded Use of Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Quarterly Wage Information (QWI) to Budget Earned Income
08-13-14 14-04 Returned Mail Policy and Procedure Changes - Revised
04-02-13 13-08 1. New DataMart Report Instructions
2. Data Broker Alien Status Verification
3. Clarification – Identity Verification and Mail Issuance of EBT Cards
4. Updates to the Texas Works Manager's Guide
5. Mileage Rate Increase
6. Medicaid for Inmates of a Public Institution
03-04-13 13-06

Texas Health Steps Informing Materials

    Attachment - SNAP Allotment Charts
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