FROM: KIM EVANS, DIRECTOR
SUBJECT: TEMPORARY ASSISTANCE (TA) OUT OF STATE BENEFIT SUSPENSION
MANUAL REVISION #
Effective May 30, 2023 TA cash benefits will be suspended if a participant’s Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) card has not been used in the State of Missouri within the prior 90-day timeframe. A new manual section, 0246.000.00 Suspension of Temporary Assistance Benefits When EBT Cards Are Used Out of State, has been added to the TA manual.
On May 30, 2023, all active TA participants will be sent a one-time Claimant Information Notice (FA-601) to let them know about this change.
When a TA participant consistently uses their EBT card in another state, they will appear on a report. Designated staff will use the report to initiate the suspension process.
In the eligibility system, a “Y” will display on the new OOS NON-COMPL field on the Address Resolution screen (ADRES/FM1G).
This action will generate an FA-601 letting the participant know their benefits will be suspended if they do not use their EBT card in the State of Missouri or contact Family Support Division (FSD) in the next 30 days. If a participant contacts FSD to report they still live in Missouri, staff should change the OOS NON-COMPL field to “N” with client statement as verification.
At 90 days, FSD will receive a second report for participants who have not contacted FSD to clarify their Missouri residence. Benefits will be automatically suspended and an investigation is initiated with a system generated Request for Information (FA-325) to provide proof of Missouri residency.
Once the FA-325 is sent, there are three (3) possible outcomes:
- When there is contact from the participant and it is determined that they still live in Missouri, the OOS NON-COMPL field should be updated to “N” on the ADRES screen with client statement as verification.
- When there is contact from the participant and it is determined that they moved out of state, FSD staff will go to INHOME, end date the household members and use Reason Code MSV=Moved out of state. Staff will then complete an eligibility determination (EDRES). The system will initiate an AACL on ACTRES (FM50) to close the case for reason MSV=Moved out of state and this was verified.
- When there is no contact from the participant, the system will automatically initiate an AACL to close the case for reason LOC= We are unable to locate you.
No other programs are affected by this new policy; however, if a participant reports they have moved out of state, the adverse action to close the case will be initiated for all benefits.
- Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.