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Jan 15, 2014 DHS specialists have a responsibility to assist those who have Limited English Proficiency (LEP) in having an equal opportunity to participate in or benefit from DHS programs and services through an interpreter
Jan 15, 2014 Changes have been made to the verification policy concerning the alien status subcategory, “refugee” and/or “victim of trafficking”
Jan 15, 2014 Salaries paid by an S Corporation (S-Corp) or a Limited Liability Company (LLC) are considered earned income to the client, even if the client owns the organization, for all programs above except MA; for MA only, DHS is now treats such income as unearned income, which is contrary to federal law
Jan 15, 2014 The definition of “agriculture/related employment” for “migrant/seasonal farmworkers” has been expanded to assist in classification for special rules for eligibility and benefit levels
Dec 09, 2013 Simplified Reporting (SR) policy is changing. The Department will act on any changes in the households circumstances regardless of whether or not the change(s) results in an increase or decrease in benefits.
Dec 09, 2013 Eligibility for DFAP benefits has been extended to households who were employed in the disaster area at the time of the disaster. Active FAP clients must file a DHS-601, Food Replacement Affidavit, in order to receive DFAP benefits.
Oct 01, 2013 Monthly food assistance (FAP) benefits MAY increase slightly in October but WILL decrease beginning with November.
Sep 11, 2013 Verification of identity can be accomplished with a social security number data match.
Jun 17, 2013 FAP benefits for SSI recipients in the MiCAP Program are being reduced by $4 per month
Jun 17, 2013 Effective July 1, 2013, DHS policy states that FIP recipients deferred from Partnership. Accountability. Training. Hope. (PATH) due to “establishing incapacity” are receiving “State Funded FIP” that does not count toward the 60-month time limit on FIP, and also are exempt from the 48-month time limit while they are deferred for that reason. “State Time Limit Exemptions” section of BEM 234. DHS time limit policy also states that FIP paid in months prior to 10/01/2006 for both two parent households and recipients with a verified disability lasting longer than 90 days were federally funded.
Jun 17, 2013 DHS has issued clarifications to its FAP and Medicaid Asset Test policy
Jun 17, 2013 Cost of Living Adjustments to Social Security benefits (RSDI) will not be counted in determining Medicaid eligibility during the first three months of the calendar year
Jun 17, 2013 DHS requires full-time school attendance for dependent children for continued FIP eligibility. DHS will verify the child’s enrollment and attendance at application and redetermination.
Jun 17, 2013 Households going through FAP redeterminations may verify case information late and receive FAP without having to reapply
Jun 17, 2013 A person who is ages 18-49 and is enrolled half-time or more in a post-secondary school is ineligible for the FAP unless s/he meets certain criteria.