Temporary Assistance budgeting methodologies apply to MAF except for the following: Two-thirds disregard of earned income does not apply; and The first $50 of the total child support received is disregarded. This disregard is not allowed for MC+ for Children or MC+ for Pregnant Women. Definitions of income and income exclusions are the same as Temporary Assistance except: Interest income should be budgeted when determining MAF eligibility. Assistance group rules are the same except: A dependent child does not have to be deprived of parental support, Dependent siblings are not mandatory assistance group members, SSI children and 18 year olds not in school may be eligible, and A stepparent may be included if deemed stepparent income results in ineligibility. NOTE: A stepparent’s income must be considered to determine eligibility of the caretaker (their spouse). This is accomplished by either deeming the stepparent’s income or including the stepparent in the parent’s assistance group. When the stepparent is included in the parent’s assistance group, the stepparent is not eligible for benefits. A stepparent’s income is excluded when evaluating the children’s MAF eligibility, if it would cause the children to be ineligible. (Refer to Section 0905.012.10.15) Example: Mrs. C. and 2 children from a previous marriage apply for MAF. She is married and there are no in-common children. Deem stepparent income to determine if Mrs. C. and the 2 children qualify for MAF. If income is in excess of the three person limit, include Mr. C. and his income to determine eligibility based on a four person assistance group. If still ineligible, reject Mrs. C. and complete a third budget excluding Mr. C. and not deeming stepparent income. If the assistance group is only eligible by excluding the stepparent income, approve the children for MAF and reject Mrs. C. MAF case would reflect Ms. C. as a “Z” (included) person on the case.