Verification Requirements Manual (for MO HealthNet & Adult Cash Assistance Programs)

0110.021.00 Citizenship/Alien Status for Temporary Assistance

Citizenship documentation requirements for Temporary Assistance were not changed by the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005. Temporary Assistance benefits may only be granted to either a citizen or a qualified alien as defined in Title 8, Section 1641 of the United States Code, and certain qualified aliens are ineligible for five (5) years from their date of entry. Refer to 0205.040.00 Citizenship and Immigrant Status for additional guidance. Citizenship and alien status are declared on the application. No further actions are required to verify citizenship status for self-declared citizens applying for Temporary Assistance.