Temporary Assistance/Case Management

0220.010.10 Prorating First Month’s Benefits In Temporary Assistance Cases

  1. Applications/ReapplicationsAny Temporary Assistance payment made for the month of application (both applications and reapplications) is only made from the date of application through the end of the month.  Payments are made for the month of application:
    1. when approving a case in the month of application; and
    2. when the 30th day from application falls in the month of application.

    When the 30th day falls in the month of application, the family is eligible for the full month’s grant.

    When approving a case in the month of application, determine the grant amount for the month of application and then prorate from the date of application to determine the actual payment.  Determine the prorated amount as follows.

    1. Divide the grant amount determined for an entire month by 30*.NOTE:  *Always use 30 whether the month has 28, 29, 30, or 31 days in it.
    2. Multiply the result by the number of days from the date of application (including the date of application) through the end of the month.  When counting the days to the end of the month, use the actual number of days in the month (i.e., 28, 29, 30 or 31).

    The result, rounded down to the lower dollar, is the prorated amount to be paid for the month of application. If this amount is less than $10, the family is not eligible for a cash payment in that month.

    When approving a case where the grant differs from month to month, the approval letter specifies the grant amount approved for each month.  Advance notice is not necessary when a following month’s grant is less than a previous month’s grant.

    Benefit proration policy does not change the policy regarding beginning date of Medicaid eligibility.

  2. ADDING PERSONSThis provision also applies to applications/reapplications when adding persons to an active case.  The only difference is that in this situation only prorate the increase in grant amount when approving the person in the month of application.  If the prorated amount is less than $10, but when added to the other family member’s grant the total exceeds $10, payment is made.