IM-#155 November 21, 2002
- After receiving the $30 plus 1/3 disregard for four consecutive months, the claimant is eligible for a continuance of the $30 earned income disregard for the next eight months. This eight-month period begins with the month following the fourth consecutive month in which the $30 and 1/3 disregard is applied. It ends with the eighth consecutive month regardless of whether the $30 disregard is actually applied to the person’s earned income. Thus, this eight-month period runs: (1) whether the participant continues to have earned income against which to apply the $30 disregard, and (2) even when the participant loses eligibility for assistance. If a participant loses eligibility and reapplies during the eight-month period, the $30 earned income disregard is applied in both the first budget to determine need. The $30 disregard is never applied in the 185 percent gross income limitation determination.
- A participant can regain eligibility for the $30 plus 1/3 disregard and the eight-month continuance of the $30 disregard after the participant is off Temporary Assistance assistance for 12 consecutive months. This policy applies even when all or part of the eight-month period of the continuance of the $30 disregard occurred during the 12 consecutive months off assistance.EXAMPLE: A participant uses the fourth consecutive month of the $30 plus 1/3 disregard in April and is eligible for the $30 disregard for May through December. The participant loses eligibility in June. If they remain off assistance from July through June of next year, they regain eligibility for the $30 plus 1/3 disregard and the eight-month continuance of the $30 disregard.
- Families losing eligibility for Temporary Assistance CASH SOLELY because the $30 plus 1/3 or $30 disregards are no longer applied should remain eligible for MC+ coverage either on MAF or TMA. Review and update MAF/MC+.