Consider all eligibility factors when adding a child to the eligibility unit to redetermine eligibility.
If the child is a mandatory eligibility member, s/he must be added to the eligibility unit, whether or not the child is in need of care.
If the child is an optional eligibility member, add the child to the EU. At reapplication, the EU should decide whether to include or exclude the child and the ES should document the EU’s decision.
- If adding the child results in a decreased sliding fee, include the child in the EU. If adding the child results in the case closing, exclude the child from the EU.
- If adding the child results in an increased sliding fee, inform the EU they have the option of including or excluding the child and the results of each action. Due to simplified reporting, the change will not occur on the current determination period. If the EU reapplies, the action of including the optional member could affect the case during the reapplication process.
NOTE: If a child who is included in the eligibility unit as an optional member becomes ineligible, remove the optional child from the eligibility unit.