IM-04 COVID-19 ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS RESULTING FROM THE CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 FOR ALL INCOME MAINTENANCE (IM) PROGRAMS

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  COVID-19 ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS RESULTING FROM THE CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021 FOR ALL INCOME MAINTENANCE (IM) PROGRAMS

MANUAL REVISION #

0205.005.30.10  

0210.015.35.40

0805.015.10  

1025.015.01.02

1110.020.30  

1115.015.90

DISCUSSION:

Economic Impact Payments (EIP), also known as Stimulus Payments, were approved as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) which was signed into law on December 27, 2020.  The CAA contains changes that affect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance (TA) Program, Child Care Subsidy (CC), and MO HealthNet (MHN) Programs.

 

Economic Impact Payments

U.S citizens and resident aliens will receive the EIP up to $600 for each individual and each qualifying child if:

  • they are not a dependent of another taxpayer and
  • have a work eligible Social Security number with Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) up to:
    • $75,000 for individuals
    • $112,500 for head of household filers and
    • $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns

Reduced Payments: The amount of the reduced payment will be based upon the tax filers AGI.  The EIP will be reduced by 5% of the amount by which their AGI exceeds the applicable threshold shown above up to certain maximums for each tax filing status.

Eligible retirees and recipients of Social Security, Railroad Retirement, Disability or Veterans’ benefits as well as taxpayers who do not make enough money to normally have to file a tax return will receive a payment. This also includes those who have no income, as well as those whose income comes entirely from certain benefit programs, such as Supplemental Security Income benefits.

Retirees who receive either Social Security Retirement or Railroad Retirement benefits will also receive payments automatically.

 

MO HealthNet Non-MAGI Programs, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance (TA), and Child Care Subsidy (CC)

  • Payments are excluded as income.
  • Payments are excluded as a resource for the first 12 months from receipt.

NOTE: EIP payments reported in the month received will be entered as a resource. DO NOT enter as income in FAMIS. Any money left from the EIP 12 months after receipt will be counted as a resource.

 

Family MO HealthNet (MAGI) Programs

  • Payments are excluded as income.

NOTE: Make a comment on the case of the amount received. The payment is not to be entered as income on the case.

  • Example of note comment: Ms. Smith reported she received $600.00 from the EIP on 1/4/2021.

 

FAMIS Entries

If the EIP is reported as income in the month received, enter it as a resource on the SELFRES (FMWB) screen. DO NOT ENTER AS INCOME ON SELINC (FMX2). The excluded amount should always equal the total EIP when entering for the same month it was received along with any other excluded balances for that month. Use Code CV in the Excl Rsn field for the Economic Impact Payment or CB if multiple exclusion reasons exist. Please use the Verification Matrix for acceptable verification codes.

If the balance of the EIP is reported the month after receipt exclude any remaining balance of the EIP in the accounts as CV following normal procedures in entering liquid resources.

Though the EIP amount authorized by the CAA is different, please refer to IM-35 COVID-19 ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS RESULTING FROM THE CORONAVIRUS AID, RELIEF, AND ECONOMIC SECURITY (CARES) ACT FOR THE MO HEALTHNET, FOOD STAMP, TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE AND CHILD CARE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS for guidance to capture the EIP income as an excluded resource.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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IM-03 SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) TEMPORARY ALLOTMENT CHANGES

FROM:   KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:   SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) TEMPORARY ALLOTMENT CHANGES 

MANUAL
REVISIONS:   1115.099.00

DISCUSSION:  This memo references the changes to the maximum allotment addressed in IM-01 dated January 6, 2021.

The temporary increase to monthly SNAP allotments occurred over the weekend of January 16, 2021.  A manual revision was made to reflect the temporary changes to the maximum benefit amounts and update the minimum for categorically eligible and two-person eligibility units.

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

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IM-02 COVID-19: UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION UPDATES RESULTING FROM THE CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  COVID-19:  UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION UPDATES RESULTING FROM THE CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT, 2021

DISCUSSION:

Memo IM-37, dated April 29, 2020, introduced 3 new types of Unemployment Compensation funds that were created on March 27, 2020, as a result the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. 

Those funds were the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) fund, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) fund, and the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) fund.

On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (CAA) was signed into law.  The CAA enacts changes to the provisions of unemployment funds introduced by the CARES Act:

  • FPUC-A $300 weekly federal supplement is added to regular unemployment funds starting after December 26, 2020 and ending March 14, 2021. FPUC funds are excluded/non-countable income for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and all MO HealthNet programs (except for sighted spouses on Blind Pension determinations).
  • PUA funds provide unemployment benefits for eligible individuals who are self-employed, seeking part-time employment, or who would not otherwise qualify for Unemployment Compensation. PUA funds are extended through March 14, 2021 and allow certain individuals to continue receiving benefits through April 5, 2021.  These funds count for all programs.
  • PEUC funds provide an additional 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to individuals who have exhausted benefits under regular Unemployment Compensation. PEUC funds are extended through March 14, 2021 and allow certain individuals to continue receiving benefits through April 5, 2021.  These funds count for all programs.

IMES is updated to include all three types of Unemployment.

Verification of Unemployment Compensation Income

Use IMES to identify, budget, and verify gross income and deductions from Unemployment Compensation for Missouri unemployment recipients.

  1. Review the COMP WEEK column of the IMES. Total all payments made per the CHECK AMT column for each specific COMP WEEK date to determine a gross payment amount. In the red box below, the total payment made for the COMP WEEK 12/30 is $620.00 ($558 + $62=$620). 
  2. Review the WEEKLY AMT field to determine the regular weekly amount.
  3. Enter the WEEKLY AMT as regular unemployment, PUA, or PEUC funds.

NOTE:  Refer to 2020 Hot Tip, Identifying Pandemic Unemployment Types on IMES for more.  

The remaining amount, should be the $300 FPUC funds.  Enter this amount as FPUC.

  1. For FAMIS determinations, evaluate the REC column of the IMES for child support payments (CHSP). If child support payments are deducted, budget the payments on the Court Ordered Expense (SUPEXP/FMXL) screen in FAMIS using normal budgeting procedures. 
  1. Review the budget screens in the eligibility system before authorization. Regular Unemployment Compensation/Insurance is included income for all programs.

Refer participants with questions about Unemployment Compensation to the Missouri Department of Labor and Industrial Relations interactive site at uinteract.labor.mo.gov.  Participants can use this site to file claims for Unemployment Compensation, view income verification, request documentation, and report changes in circumstances.

 

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

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IM-01 SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) TEMPORARY INCREASE TO MONTHLY ALLOTMENTS

FROM:  KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR

SUBJECT:  SUPPLEMENTAL NUTRITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SNAP) TEMPORARY INCREASE TO MONTHLY ALLOTMENTS

DISCUSSION:

The memo is to inform staff that the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 allows states to increase the base household SNAP benefit by 15%  from January 2021 to June 2021.

For the month of January, 2021 FAMIS is being updated to include the 15% increase to household’s normal eligible allotment. The increase will show in FAMIS on January 21, 2021 and participants will receive a letter to inform them of changes on their case.

For February through June, 2021 the 15% increase will be included on the household’s normal payroll date.

NECESSARY ACTION:

  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.

 

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