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Issue Alert - 02-09-14

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Oct 01, 2002

Issue Summary:

Changes to rules on how FIA will count the earnings of a minor child and earnings from self-employment.

Persons Affected:

The new rule on income from self-employment applies to all programs administered by FIA. The new child earning rule applies only to LIF, G2P, G2U and Healthy Kids Medicaid recipients and applicants whose MA group includes a dependent student who has earnings.


Low-Income Family (LIF), Group 2 Pregnant Women (G2P), Group 2 Under 21 (G2U), and Healthy Kids Medicaid, ALL PROGRAMS

What's Happening?

The Family Independence Agency (FIA) has simplified its policy for student earnings exclusions. For LIF, all earnings of a dependent child in the LIF qualified group are excluded. For G2P, G2U and Healthy Kids, earnings of all persons under age 19 who are living under another person’s care or supervision are excluded.For self-employed persons, FIA will now use 75% of total proceeds as the income, unless the individual verifies actual expenses that are greater than 25% of total proceeds.

What Should Advocates Do?

Advocates should inform clients and community organizations that work with affected groups of these changes.

Finding Help

Most legal aid and legal services office handle these type of cases, and they do not charge a fee. You can locate the "free" legal services or legal aid office that serves your county on the Michigan Legal Assistance Network website ( or look in the yellow pages under "attorneys" or call the toll-free lawyer referral number, (800) 968-0738