Revisions

21-3, July Quarterly Revision

Revision Notice 21-3, Effective July 1, 2021

 

Archived Revision 21-2; Effective April 1, 2021
Archived Revision 21-1; Effective January 1, 2021
Archived Revision 20-3; Effective October 1, 2020
Archived Revision 20-3; Effective July 1, 2020
 

Revisions

The following sections were revised in the Texas Works Handbook:

Sections Section Title Change
A-831.2.1 Reopening Three Months Prior Applications Clarifies existing policy by adding the word “only” to reinforce that applications can only be reopened within two years from the file date. (Medical Programs)
A-1341 Income Limits and Eligibility Tests Adds example for how to count RSDI income for children living with someone besides their parents. (Medical Programs)
A-1380 Documentation Requirements Removes OAG and replaces with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) when documenting the report of indigent alien sponsors. (All Programs)
A-1845.1
A-1860
Sending Notice of Failure to Cooperate; Determining Good Cause Incorporates policy from MEPD and TW Bulletin 20-22, 4. Determining Good Cause for SNAP Employment and Training Noncompliance, released on Sept. 11, 2020. A-1845.1 and A-1860 published Aug. 5, 2021. (SNAP)
B-111 Reuse of an Application Form After Denial Adds related policy. (Medical Programs)
B-200 TOC
B-232.1
B-232.2
B-232.3
B-233.2.4
B-233.4
B-233.5.1
B-234
B-234.1 (Delete)
B-234.2 (Delete)
B-234.2.1 (Delete) B-234.3 (Delete) B-234.4 (Delete) B-235
B-235.1 (Delete) B-236
B-236.1 (Delete) B-237 (Reserve)
B-238 (Reserve)
B-239
B-239.1
B-239.1.1 (Delete)
B-239.2
B-263
B-280
B-281 (Delete)
Glossary I
Secondary Cardholder Established by the Lone Star Help Desk;
Secondary Cardholder Established by Issuance Staff;
Secondary Cardholders Established by Staff;
Applicants Interviewed by Home Visit;
Issuing Lone Star Cards to Secondary Cardholders;
Issuance Staff Procedures;
Personal Identification Number (PIN) Selection and Issuance;
Reserved for Future Use;
Initial PIN Self-Selection Procedures;
Initial PIN Self-Selection Procedures for TANF Protective and Representative Payees;
Initial PIN Issuance Procedures for Clients with Barriers that Prevent PIN Self-Selection;
PIN Security;
Lone Star Card Replacement;
Lone Star Card Replacement Procedures;
PIN Replacement;
PIN Replacement Procedures;
Returned Lone Star Cards and PIN Packets;
Erroneous PIN Entry;
Client EBT Training Policy;
Advisor Interview Requirements for Client Training;
Client Fee Policy;
Issuance Staff Requirements for Client Training;
Security;
EBT Material Inventory/Distribution;
Vendor-Produced Material
Updates Form SCR and Form H1173 titles. Incorporates policy from MEPD and T W Bulletin 21-08, 2. Personal Identification Number (PIN) Packet Issuance Procedures, released on April 22, 2021. (SNAP and TANF)
B-300 TOC
B-331
B-382.1
Cancelling Benefits in EBT Accounts;
Client Problems Accessing Benefits
Removes outdated references to ATA. (SNAP and TANF)
B-400 TOC
B-466 (Delete)
Loss of SNAP Identification (ID) Card (Form H1803) Removes references to retired Form H1803. (SNAP)
C-1100 TOC
C-1131 (Delete)
C-1132 (Delete)
Advisor Guide for Explaining EBT;
Issuance Staff Guide for EBT Issuance and Client Training
Removes references to registration stickers and PIN packets. (SNAP and TANF)
W-100 TOC
W-111
W-112
W-113
W-121 (Reserve) W-122
W-123
W-124
Type of Assistance (TA) 41 – Health Care – HTW;
Application Procedures;
Requesting an Application;
Filing an Application;
Telephonic Signatures;
File Date;
Faxed Applications
Incorporates policy from MEPD and TW Bulletin 21-05, 1. Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver, released on March 9, 2021. (HTW)
W-210
W-211
W-220
W-1010
General Policy; Budget Group;
Certified Group;
General Policy
Incorporates policy from MEPD and TW Bulletin 21-05, 1. Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver, released on March 9, 2021. (HTW)
W-510 General Policy Incorporates policy from MEPD and TW Bulletin 21-05, 1. Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver, released on March 9, 2021. (HTW)
W-610
W-1410
W-1411
W-1411.1 (Delete)
W-1411.1.1 (Delete)
W-1411.1.2 (Delete)
W-1411.1.3 (Delete)
W-1411.1.4 (Delete)
W-1411.2 (Delete)
W-1411.2.1 (Delete)
W-1411.2.2 (Delete)
W-1411.2.2.1 (Delete)
W-1411.2.2.2 (Delete)
W-1411.3 (Delete)
W-1411.3.1 (Delete)
W-1411.3.2 (Delete)
W-1411.3.2.1 (Delete)
W-1411.3.3 (Delete)
W-1411.3.3.1 (Delete)
W-1411.3.3.2 (Delete)
W-1411.3.4 (Delete)
W-1411.3.4.1 (Delete)
W-1411.3.4.2 (Delete)
W-1411.3.4.3 (Delete)
W-1411.3.5 (Delete)
W-1411.3.5.1 (Delete)
W-1411.3.5.2 (Delete)
W-1411.3.5.3 (Delete)
W-1411.3.5.4 (Delete)
W-1411.3.6 (Delete)
W-1411.4 (Delete)
W-1411.4.1 (Delete)
W-1411.4.2 (Delete)
W-1411.4.3 (Delete)
W-1411.4.4 (Delete)
W-1411.4.5 (Delete)
W-1411.4.6 (Delete)
W-1411.4.7 (Delete)
W-1411.4.8 (Delete)
W-1411.4.9 (Delete)
W-1411.4.10 (Delete)
W-1411.4.11 (Delete)
W-1411.4.12 (Delete)
W-1411.4.12.1 (Delete)
W-1411.4.12.2 (Delete)
W-1411.4.13 (Delete)
W-1411.4.14 (Delete)
W-1411.4.15 (Delete)
W-1411.4.16 (Delete)
W-1411.4.17 (Delete)
W-1411.4.18 (Delete)
W-1411.4.18.1 (Delete)
W-1411.4.19 (Delete)
W-1411.4.20 (Delete)
W-1411.4.21 (Delete)
W-1411.4.22 (Delete)
W-1411.5 (Delete)
W-1411.5.1 (Delete)
W-1411.5.2 (Delete)
W-1411.6 (Delete)
W-1411.6.1 (Delete)
W-1411.6.1.1 (Delete)
W-1411.6.1.2 (Delete)
W-1411.6.2 (Delete)
W-1411.6.2.1 (Delete)
W-1411.6.2.2 (Delete)
W-1411.6.2.3 (Delete)
W-1411.6.3 (Delete)
W-1411.6.4 (Delete)
W-1411.6.5 (Delete)
W-1411.6.6 (Delete)
W-1411.6.7 (Delete)
W-1411.6.8 (Delete)
W-1411.6.9 (Delete)
W-1411.6.10 (Delete)
W-1411.6.11 (Delete)
W-1411.6.12 (Delete)
W-1411.6.13 (Delete)
W-1411.6.14 (Delete)
W-1411.6.15 (Delete)
W-1411.6.16 (Delete)
W-1411.6.17 (Delete)
W-1411.6.18 (Delete)
W-1411.6.19 (Delete)
W-1411.6.20 (Delete)
W-1411.6.21 (Delete)
W-1411.6.22 (Delete)
W-1411.6.23 (Delete)
W-1412
W-1412.1 (Delete)
W-1412.2 (Delete)
W-1412.3 (Delete)
W-1412.4 (Delete)
W-1413
W-1414
W-1415
W-1420 (Reserve)
W-1430 (New)
W-1431 (Delete)
W-1432 (Delete) W-1440
W-1510
W-1511
W-1512
W-1512.1 (Delete)
W-1512.1.1 (Delete)
W-1512.2 (Delete)
W-1512.3 (Delete)
W-1512.4 (Delete)
W-1512.4.1 (Delete)
W-1512.4.2 (Delete)
W-1512.5 (Delete)
W-1520
W-1530
General Policy;
General Policy;
Types of Income,
Disability Benefits;
Agent Orange Settlement Payments;
Disability Insurance Benefits;
Radiation Exposure Compensation Act Payments;
Worker’s Compensation;
Education and Training;
Educational Assistance;
Job Training;
Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA);
Other Job Training and Training Allowances;
Employment and Self-Employment Income;
Children’s Earned Income;
Contractual Earnings: Monthly Budgeting of Contractual Earnings;
Military Pay and Allowances;
Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance (FSSA);
Combat (Hazardous Duty) Payments;
Self-Employment;
Types of Self-Employment Income;
Property Income: Noncommercial Roomer/Boarder Payments;
Wages, Salaries, Commissions and Tips;
Federal Tax Refunds and Earned Income Tax Credits (EIC);
Flexible Fringe Benefits;
Income from Tips;
Vacation Pay;
Temporary Census Income;
Government Payments;
Adoption Assistance;
Crime Victim’s Compensation Payments;
Government Disaster Payments;
Government Housing Assistance;
Transitional Living Allowance;
Reserved for Future Use, National and Community Services Act (NCSA);
Native and Indian Claims;
Nutrition Programs;
One-Time Grandparent Payments;
One-Time Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (OTANF);
Payment to Vietnam Veterans’ Children;
Payments to Vietnam Veterans’ Children Born with Spina Bifida (Public Law 104-204);
Payments to Children of Women Vietnam Veterans Born with Certain Birth Defects (Public Law 106-419);
Payments to Victims of Nazi Persecution;
Payments to World War Filipino Veterans and Spouses;
Relocation Assistance;
Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI);
Supplemental Security Income (SSI);
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF);
TANF Annual School Subsidy Payment; Unemployment Compensation;
Veterans Benefits;
DFPS Relative Caregiver Reimbursement Program Payments;
Healthy Marriage Development Program Payments;
Income from Property;
Dividends and Royalties;
Payments for Mineral Rights;
Other;
Cash Gifts and Contributions;
Contributions from Noncertified Household Members;
Gifts from Tax-Exempt Organizations;
Child Support;
Counting Child Support;
Lump-Sum Child Support Payments;
Medical Support Payments;
Energy Assistance;
Foster Care and Permanency Care Assistance (PCA) Payments;
In-Kind Income;
Interest;
Loans (Noneducational);
Pensions;
Trust Funds;
Resettlement-Reception and Placement (R&P);
Refugee Cash Assistance (RCA);
Match Grant;
Spousal Diversion and Dependent Allowance;
Welfare-to-work Income;
Alimony (Spousal Support) Received;
Annuity;
Capital Gains;
Housing Allowance;
Life Estate;
Jury Duty Pay;
Court Awards;
Canceled Debt;
MyGoals Payments;
Types of Payments;
Lump-Sum Payments;
Reimbursements;
Third-Party Beneficiary;
Vendor Payments;
Income Limits;
Calculating Household Income;
Determining Countable Income in Special Household Situations;
Adjunctive Eligibility;
Reserve for Future Use;
Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Verification;
Income Verification;
Documentation Requirements;
General Policy;
Rules that Apply to Deductions;
Types of Deductions;
Earned Income Deduction;
Work-Related Expense;
Dependent Care Deduction;
Diversions, Alimony and Payments to Dependents Outside the Home;
Child Support Deductions;
Allowable Child Support Deductions;
Budgeting Child Support Deductions;
$75 Disregard Deduction;
Verification Requirements;
Documentation Requirements
Incorporates policy from MEPD and TW Bulletin 21-05, 1. Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver, released on March 9, 2021. (HTW)
W-910
W-911
W-912
W-913
W-914
W-1810
W-1820
W-1910
W-1920
W-2010
W-2020
W-2050
W-2061
W-2070
W-2080
W-2110
W-2111
W-2210
W-2400
W-2410
W-2420
W-2440
General Policy;
Current Medicaid,
Medicare (Part A or B) and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Recipients;
Pregnant Women; Third-Party Resources (TPR);
Auto Enrollment into HTW;
General Policy;
Documentation Requirements;
Notice to Applicants;
Eligibility Begin Dates;
Notice of Renewal/Expiration;
How to Process a Renewal;
Renewal Time Frames;
Pending Information;
How to Report a Change;
Changes Received via Telephone;
Appeals Procedures;
Confidentiality;
Applications;
Renewals;
Creating Separate Cases
Incorporates policy from MEPD and TW Bulletin 21-05, 1. Healthy Texas Women (HTW) Medicaid 1115 Demonstration Waiver, released on March 9, 2021. (HTW)

 

Forms

The following forms were revised in the Texas Works Handbook:

Form Title Change
Form H0005 and Instructions Policy Clearance Request Updates instructions to clarify the use of form fields. Added Part VIII to allow for all responses to be captured on the form.
Form H1161 and Instructions Eligibility Case Reading Retires form that is no longer in use.
Form H1173 and Instructions EBT Card Issuance and PIN Self-Selection/Issuance Log Removes reference to PIN selection/issuance and changes form name to “EBT Card Issuance Log.”
Form H1174 and Instructions Inventory of EBT Cards/PIN Packets Removes reference to PIN packets and changes form name to “Inventory of EBT Cards.”
Form H1803 and Instructions Food Stamp Identification Card Retires form that is no longer in use.
Form LSCRS and Instructions Lone Star Card Registration Sticker Retires form that is no longer in use.
Form SCR and Instructions Second Cardholder Form Changes form name to “Secondary Cardholder Request.”

 

Retired Bulletins

The following bulletins are deleted from in the Texas Works Handbook since the information has either been incorporated into the handbook or is no longer necessary:

Release Date Bulletin Number Title
Jan. 6, 2021 21-01 1. COVID-19 Update: Recovery Rebates
2. COVID-19 Update: Federal Pandemic Unemployment (FPUC)
3. COVID-19 Update: Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)
4. COVID-19 Update: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC)

21-2, April Quarterly Revision

Revision Notice 21-2, Effective April 1, 2021

 

Archived Revision 21-1; Effective January 1, 2021
Archived Revision 20-3; Effective October 1, 2020
Archived Revision 20-3; Effective July 1, 2020
Archived Revision 20-2; Effective April 1, 2020

 

Revisions

The following sections were revised in the Texas Works Handbook:

Sections Section Title Change
A-100 TOC
A-128.2
D-110
D-1433.1
D-1436
D-1731
Advisor Action for Determining Eligibility for Pregnant Women;
General Policy;
Adding a New Child;
Income and Deduction Changes;
Exceptions to the Continuous Enrollment Period
Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 20-25, Retest Medicaid Eligibility for Persons Certified on Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or CHIP Perinatal (CHIP-P), released on Oct. 22, 2020. (CHIP-P)
A-128.3 CHIP Perinatal Application Process Clarifies policy to state financial rules will not be applied when determining Emergency Medicaid eligibility for the labor with delivery charges for a CHIP-P recipient. It also clarifies that a CHIP-P recipient with household income over the TP 40 FPL cannot be certified for Emergency Medicaid to cover the labor with delivery charges. (CHIP-P)
A-131 Interviews Removes Community Partners as being allowed to conduct interviews. The pilot allowing Community Partners to conduct SNAP eligibility interviews is no longer in operation. (SNAP)
A-851
A-1326.17
A-1424
W-1400 TOC
W-1411.6.15
General Eligibility Information;
Alimony (Spousal Support) Received;
Diversions, Alimony, and Payments to Dependents Outside the Home;
Alimony Received
Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 20-22, 2. MAGI Updates for Alimony, released on Sept. 11, 2020. (All Texas Works Medicaid Programs except TP 45 and CHIP)
A-880
A-1355.2
B-122.4.1.1
B-122.4.1.2.1
C-820
Documentation Requirements;
How to Use Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) Quarterly Wage Information to Budget Earned Income; Verifications Required by Type Program for Renewals;
Determining if Verification is Required for SNAP or TANF During an Administrative Renewal; Data Broker
Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 19-10, Discontinuation of The Work Number (TWN), released Oct. 31, 2019. (All Programs)
A-1130 Explanation of Good Cause Clarifies processes for child support good cause recommendations. (TANF and TP 08)
A-1210
A-1233.2
A-1260
General Policy;
Prepaid Burial Insurance;
Documentation Requirements
Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 20-03, 3 Excluding the Full Value of Prepaid Burial Insurance, released on March 2, 2020. (SNAP)
A-1310
A-1341
General Policy; Wages, Salaries, Commissions, and Tips;
Income Limits and Eligibility Tests
Makes non-substantial corrections. (All Programs)
A-1323.4.5
A-1428.1
Allowable Costs of Producing Income;
Allowable Medical Expenses
Corrects policy to indicate that when determining eligibility for Children’s Medicaid for a child whose parent is a sponsored alien and required member of the budget group, do not count the income of the parent’s sponsor. (TP 43, TP 44, TP 48)
A-1323.5 Wages, Salaries, Commissions, and Tips Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 20-22, 1. TIERS Updates Related to Pre-Tax Contributions, released on Sept. 11, 2020. (All Texas Works Medicaid Programs except TP 45 and CHIP)
A-1323.5.1
Glossary E
Federal Tax Refunds and Earned Income Tax Credits (EIC);
Glossary E
Deletes “tax dependent” from the description of who qualifies for an Earned Income Tax Credit. (Medical Programs)
A-1410
Glossary M
General Policy Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 20-22, #3. MAGI Updates for Moving Expenses, released on Sept. 11, 2020. (All Texas Works Medicaid Programs except TP 45 and CHIP)

A-1844
A-1861

Noncooperation with E&T;
Reasons for Good Cause;
Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 20-22, 4. Determining Good Cause for SNAP Employment and Training Noncompliance, released on Sept. 11, 2020. (SNAP)
B-231.3
B-232.3
B-232.3.1 (Delete)
B-232.3.2 (Delete)
B-233.1
B-233.2

B-233.2.1

B-233.2.2
B-233.2.3 (Reserve)
B-233.2.4
B-233.4
B-233.5.2
B-234.1 (Reserve)
B-234.2.1
B-235.1
B-254.1
B-255
B-260
B-261
B-261.2
B-261.3
B-261.3.1 (Delete)
B-261.3.2 (Delete)
B-261.4
B-261.5
B-261.6
B-261.8
B-261.8.1 (Delete)
B-261.8.2 (Delete)
B-446.1
B-446.3
B-447
B-448
B-463
Glossary E
Sending a New PCH Record;
Secondary Cardholders Established by the Advisor;
Secondary Cardholder Authorization by a Household Member Other than the PCH;
Secondary Cardholder Authorization by the Advisor;
When to Reuse a Lone Star Card;
Issuing Lone Star Cards for PCHs;
Applicants Interviewed in the Office;
Applicants Interviewed by Phone;
Applicants Interviewed by Phone in a Location Different Than Interviewing Worker;
Applicants Interviewed by Home Visit;
Issuing Lone Star Cards to Secondary Cardholders;
Special Card Registration Procedures;
Personal Identification Number (PIN) Selection and Issuance Procedures;
Initial PIN Self-Selection Procedures for TANF Protective and Representative Payees;
Lone Star Card Replacement Procedures;
Priority Issuances;
Priority Issuances Using the Administrative Terminal Application (ATA);
Administrative Terminal Application (ATA);
ATA Functions;
Creating a Cardholder Record;
Splitting and Merging Primary Cardholder Records;
Splitting Primary Cardholder Records;
Merging Primary Cardholder Records;
Updating a Primary Cardholder Record;
Creating a SNAP Benefit Record;
Performing ATA Inquiry;
Requiring Card Registration or Registering a Lone Star Card;
Requiring Card Registratio;
Registering a Lone Star Card;
New Resident (or Denied Resident with No Benefits in an Electronic Benefit Transfer [EBT] Account) Who Moves into a D&A/GLA Facility and Applies for SNAP;
All Other Situations;
Resident Moves Out of a Drug and Alcohol Treatment (D&A)/Group Living Arrangement (GLA) Facility Replaces the Authorized Representative (AR);
Advisor Responsibilities
Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 20-27, Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Form Updates, released Nov. 30, 2020. (SNAP)
B-445.1.1 Account Access Clarifies Authorized Representatives (ARs) in Drug & Alcohol (D&A) and Group Living Arrangement (GLA) facilities can use the pin pad in the local office to select a PIN. (SNAP)
C-131.1
C-131.3
C-131.4
C-131.5
C-1114
Federal Poverty Level (FPL);
Transitional Medicaid;
Standard MAGI Income Disregard;
IRS Monthly Income Thresholds;
Guidelines for Providing Retroactive Coverage for Children and Medical Programs
Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 21-03, 4. 2021 Federal Poverty Level, released on Feb. 5, 2021. (All Programs)
C-321
C-322
Current TANF State Time Limit County Hardship List;
Previous TANF State Time Limit County Hardship Lists
Updates the TANF State Time Limit County Hardship Lists to reflect the current quarter and last three previous quarterly dates. Adds Bee, Brooks, Chambers, Jim Hogg, Liberty, Matagorda, Morris, Reagan, Tyler, and Winkler counties to the TANF State Time Limit Hardship County List. The list is updated every three months as needed. (TANF)
C-1420 SSA Claim Number Suffixes Corrects SSA Claim Number Suffixes table. (All Programs)

 

Forms

The following forms were revised in the Texas Works Handbook:

Form Title Change
Form H1816 Instructions SNAP E&T Noncompliance Report Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 20-22, 4. Determining Good Cause for SNAP Employment and Training Noncompliance, released on Sept. 11, 2020.

 

Retired Bulletins

The following bulletins are deleted from in the Texas Works Handbook since the information has either been incorporated into the handbook or is no longer necessary:

Release Date Bulletin Number Title
11-30-20 20-27 Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Form Updates
11-2-20 20-26 COVID Policy Updates #18
10-22-20 20-25 Retest Medicaid Eligibility for Persons Certified on Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) or CHIP Perinatal (CHIP-P)
09-21-20 20-23 COVID-19 Policy Updates #16
09-01-20 20-20 COVID-19 Policy Updates #14
08-28-20 20-19 COVID Policy Updates #13
07-29-20 20-18 COVID-19 Policy Updates #12
07-02-20 20-17 COVID-19 Policy Updates #11
06-05-20 20-15 COVID-19 Policy Updates #10
05-20-20 20-14 COVID-19 Policy Updates #9
04-22-20 20-09 COVID-19 Policy Updates #6
04-14-20 20-08 COVID-19 Policy Updates #6
04-08-20 20-07 COVID-19 Policy Updates #4
10-21-19 19-09 1. Alimony Paid for MAGI Expenses
2. Data Broker - Predictive Analytics Phase II
09-18-17 17-13 Revised - Statewide - Hurricane Harvey - Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) Policy
09-14-17 17-11 Implementation of Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DSNAP) for Hurricane Harvey - Phase I - 11 Counties
12-7-16 16-16 2017 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for Federal Benefits
09-21-16 16-08 Implementation of Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Newton County Residents - REVISED
12-14-15 16-03 2016 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) for Federal Benefits

21-1, January Quarterly Revision

Revision Notice 21-1, Effective January 1, 2021

 

Archived Revision 20-4; Effective October 1, 2020
Archived Revision 20-3; Effective July 1, 2020
Archived Revision 20-2; Effective April 1, 2020
Archived Revision 20-1; Effective January 1, 2020

 

Revisions

The following sections were revised in the Texas Works Handbook:

Sections Section Title Change
A-170 Authorized Representatives (AR) Incorporates MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin #18-8, 3. Authorized Representatives (AR) Correspondence, released Sept. 6, 2018. Updates policy to indicate who correspondence is sent to when a person has an authorized representative (AR) or legal guardian with the same or different mailing address.
A-341 SNAP Alien Status Eligibility Charts Corrects listing error in Chart C. (SNAP)
A-521
A-1630
Glossary
Failure to Cooperate with Attendance; Eligibility Requirements; Dependent child Adds clarifying language to indicate that a child who will not graduate until after the month of their 19th birthday is not considered a dependent child after the month of their 18th birthday. (Medical Programs and TANF)
A-821.2 Managed Care Removes people 20 or younger who receive SSI and do not reside in a facility from the list of exempt special populations who are subject to mandatory enrollment in managed care. (Medical Programs)
A-840 TOC
A-844.1
A-844.2
A-847.1
A-851
Staff Action on the Fourth Month Medicaid Report; Staff Action on the Seventh and Tenth Month Medicaid Reports; Changes Affecting Transitional Medicaid EDGs; General Eligibility Information Adds requirement to test household members certified for transitional Medicaid for TP 40 eligibility if they report a pregnancy. (TP 07 and TP 20)
A-940 Verification Requirements Corrects erroneous information or cross-references. (TANF, TP 08 and TA 31)
A-1251
A-1371
Verification Sources; Verification Sources Clarifies and aligns the income and resource verification sources for Texas Works programs. (SNAP, TANF, TP 32 and TP 56)
A-1300 TOC
A-1326.16 (reserved)
Welfare-to-work Income Reserves section for future use which removes obsolete income source. (All Programs)
A-1361 Alien Sponsor’s Income Corrects policy to indicate that when determining eligibility for Children’s Medicaid for a child whose parent is a sponsored alien and required member of the budget group, do not count the income of the parent’s sponsor. (TP 43, TP 44, TP 48)
A-1428.1 Allowable Medical Expenses Clarifies the definition of herbal products and provides examples. Adds medical marijuana to the list of unallowable medical deductions. (SNAP)
B-412
B-941
Student Eligibility Requirements; Disqualifying a Household Member with a Current SNAP Out-of-State IPV Disqualification Corrects listing formatting errors in the charts. (SNAP)
C-321
C-322
Current TANF State Time Limit County Hardship List; Previous TANF State Time Limit County Hardship Lists Updates the TANF State Time Limit County Hardship Lists to reflect the current quarter and last three previous quarterly dates. Adds Cameron, Crane, Duval, Ector, Hidalgo, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Newton, Orange, Presidio, Sabine, San Patricio, Willacy, Yoakum, and Zapata counties to the TANF State Time Limit Hardship County List. The list is updated every three months as needed. (TANF)
C-825.15.1 (delete)
C-825.18
Texas Lottery Winnings; Texas Lottery Commission Corrects erroneous information or cross-references. (All Programs)

 

Retired Bulletins

The following bulletins are deleted from the Texas Works Handbook since the information has either been incorporated into the handbook or is no longer necessary:

Release Date Bulletin Number Title
09-10-19 19-08

1. Revised SNAP Income Limits, Deductions, and Allotments
2. Revised TANF Maximum Grant Amounts
3. Public Benefit Integrity Unit Messages in Data Broker
4. Quality Control Sanctions in Data Broker

Attachment – SNAP Allotment Chart

02-20-19 19-03 Federal Government Shutdown Update
01-14-09 19-01 Federal Government Shutdown Information
10-08-12 13-02

1. Name and Funding Source Change for the Women’s Health Program (WHP)
2. Texas Health Steps Informing Materials
3. Health Care Orientation
4. Correction to Texas Works Handbook October 2012 Quarterly Revision

20-4, October Quartely Revision

Revision Notice 20-4, Effective October 1, 2020

 

Archived Revision 20-3; Effective July 1, 2020
Archived Revision 20-2; Effective April 1, 2020
Archived Revision 20-1; Effective January 1, 2020
Archived Revision 19-4; Effective October 1, 2019

 

Revisions

The following sections were revised in the Texas Works Handbook:

Sections Section Title Change
A-100 TOC
A-116.4 (Reserved)
SNAP Applications from a Contracted Community Partner (CP) Reserves section for future use. The pilot allowing Community Partners to conduct SNAP eligibility interviews is no longer operating. (SNAP)
A-116.7.4
A-351.1
A-800 TOC
A-820
A-825.2
A-826
A-2343.1
B-122.4
B-400 TOC
B-474.1.2
B-474.1.2.1 (Reserved)
B-474.1.2.1.1 (Deleted)
B-474.1.2.2 (Reserved)
B-474.1.2.2.1 (Deleted)
B-474.1.2.2.2 (Deleted)
B-474.1.2.7 (Deleted)
B-500 TOC
B-500 (New)
B-510 (New)
B-520 (New)
B-530 (New)
B-531 (New)
B-532 (New)
B-533 (New)
B-540 (New)
B-541 (New)
B-542 (New)
B-543 (New)
B-544 (New)
B-545 (New)
B-546 (New)
B-631
B-641
D-1433.2
E-1010
E-2220
M-1010
M-2220
W-910
X-923
Medicaid Coverage for Youth in Juvenile Probation Custody or Released from the Texas Juvenile Justice Department; Reasonable Opportunity; Regular Medicaid Coverage; Medicaid Suspension; Medicaid Reinstatement; How to Take Adverse Action if Advance Notice Is Required; Medical Program Administrative Renewals; Medical Programs; Child Placed in a Juvenile Facility; Child Placed in a Non-Secure Facility; Child Released from a Juvenile Facility; Notification of Anticipated Release; Notification of Actual Release; Medicaid Coverage for Inmates of a Public Institution; Reserved for Future Use; Actions on Changes; Additions to the Household; Child Leaves the Home; General Policy; Action on Changes; General Policy; Action on Changes; General Policy; Medicaid Termination Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin 18-10, 3, Suspension, Termination and Reinstatement of Health Care Coverage for Persons Confined to a County Jail, released on December 14, 2018. Additionally, a new section, B-500, Medical Coverage for People Confined in a Public Institution has been created to consolidate all policy regarding healthcare benefits for people confined in a public institution. (Medical Programs)
A-121
B-641
Receipt of Application, Additions to the Household Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin #20-11, 2. Alignment of Medicaid Certification Periods for all Children Living in the Same Household, revised on June 4, 2020. A separate application is not needed to add a non-sibling child to the household’s Medicaid case if the new child lives in the same household as a child who currently receives Medicaid. (Medical Programs)
A-122.1
A-1355
B-122
B-122.4.2
B-372
B-382
B-476.2
D-212
D-1410
D-1720
D-1841
D-1920
D-1921
E-122
E-2161.2
F-2310
M-122
W-121
X-2010
Glossary
Application Signature; How to Project Income; Processing Redeterminations; Processing a Manual Renewal; Advisor Procedures for Expunged Benefits; Client Inquiries; Applications Filed in Public Institutions; Applications Received by Fax, Email, Mail or Internet; General Policy; Enrollment Process; Cost Sharing Processing; Request for Review; Request for Review Processing; File Date; Processing a Manual Renewal; Request for Review Procedures; Filing an Application; Applications Adds definition of business day. (All Programs)
A-124.9 Questions About the Presumptive Eligibility Process Corrects link to presumptive eligibility website. Corrects Medicaid help line number. (Medicaid)
A-140
B-112
Expedited Service; Deadlines Clarifies processes and adds related policy. (All Programs)

A-222
A-232.2
A-2128.1
B-443.1
B-445.1.3
B-764
B-912
B-940
B-950
B-970
C-825.10

Who is Not Included; Disqualified Persons; When the Person Signs Form H1073; Staff Responsibilities; Returning Unspent Benefits When a Resident Moves Out; Fair Hearings; IPV Disqualification Penalties; Texas Works (TW) Responsibilities; OIG Responsibilities; HHSC Employee Fraud; Texas Criminal Convictions Updates process and contact information for the Office of Inspector General (OIG). (All Programs)
A-831.2.1 Reopening Three Months Prior Applications Clarifies that Medicaid eligibility can only be established within two years after the application file date regardless of whether the request was not processed due to agency or applicant error. (Medical Programs)
C-800 TOC
C-825.11
C-825.11.1
C-932
C-1012
Glossary
The Work Number; Using The Work Number as Verification; Advisor Responsibility for Verifying Information; Review the Case Record Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin #19-10, Discontinuation of The Work Number (TWN), released on Oct. 31, 2019. The Work Number/TALX is no longer available as an electronic data source. (All Programs)
A-1429.3.1
A-1429.3.3
Glossary
Determining the Appropriate Utility Allowance Incorporates policy from Texas Works Bulletin #14-11, 2, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), released on June 2, 2014. (SNAP)
A-1554
B-239.1
Use of SNAP Benefits; Advisor Interview Requirements for Client Training Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin #20-12, SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot, released on May 12, 2020. Removes and updates references to outdated EBT issuance processes and forms. (SNAP)
B-251 Monthly Benefit Issuance Schedule Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin #20-11, New SNAP Benefits Distribution Schedule, revised on June 4, 2020. (SNAP)
B-475.1 Overview Updates the SNAP-Combined Application Project (SNAP-CAP) allotment amounts as required to reflect changes in SNAP and SSI benefit levels by incorporating policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin #20-22, 7. Revised SNAP-CAP Allotment, released on Sept. 11, 2020. (SNAP-CAP)
C-111 Income Limits Updates the TANF maximum grant amounts for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 non-caretaker cases, caretaker cases without a second parent, and caretaker cases with a second parent. State law requires that the monthly TANF maximum grant amounts be adjusted to 17 percent of the current federal poverty level (FPL). Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin #20-22, 6. Revised TANF Maximum Grant Amounts, released on Sept. 11, 2020. (TANF)
C-121
C-121.1
C-122
C-1431
Maximum Income Limits; Deduction Amounts; How to Determine Monthly SNAP Allotments; Whole Monthly Allotments by Household Size Updates the maximum SNAP income limits, deduction amounts, monthly allotment amounts, and the SNAP allotment chart as a part of the FY 2021 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) provided by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). Incorporates policy from MEPD and Texas Works Bulletin #20-22, 5. Revised SNAP Income Limits, Deductions, and Allotments, released on Sept. 11, 2020. (SNAP)
C-131.1
C-131.3
C-131.4
Federal Poverty Level (FPL); Transitional Medicaid; Standard MAGI Income Disregard Corrects policy from TW and MEPD Bulletin #19-11, Federal Benefits 2020 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA), released on Dec. 3, 2019. Corrects policy from TW and MEPD Bulletin #20-01, 2020 Federal Poverty Level, released on Feb. 2, 2020. (All Programs)
C-321
C-322
Current TANF State Time Limit County Hardship List; Previous TANF State Time Limit County Hardship Lists Updates the TANF State Time Limit County Hardship Lists to reflect the current quarter and last three previous quarterly dates. Adds Maverick County and Zavala County to the TANF State Time Limit Hardship County List. The list is updated every three months as needed. (TANF)
C-1451
C-1453
C-1455
QC Reviews Adds notice and case comments language for QC findings. (All Programs)

 

Retired Bulletins

 

The following bulletins are deleted from the Texas Works Handbook as the information has either been incorporated into the handbook or is no longer necessary:

Release Date Bulletin Number Title
10-31-19 19-10 1. Discontinuation of The Work Number (TWN)
08-15-19 19-07 1. Revised - Monthly Guardianship Fees
2. Child Support Payments Directed into a Special Needs Trust
08-01-17 17-09 Updates to Managed Care Enrollment for Medicaid for Breast and Cervical Cancer, Adoption Assistance, Permanency Care Assistance, and Former Foster Care Children Types of Assistance
07-07-17 17-08 Retroactive Medicaid Coverage for Children Abandoned in Psychiatric Hospitals
06-01-17 17-07 1. Spousal Dependent Allowance Adjustment 2017
2. MyGoals for Employment Success Participant Payments
05-22-17 17-06 Medicaid for Residents of the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and Juvenile Probation Department Halfway Houses
02-17-15 15-08 2015 Texas Women’s Health Program (TWHP) Income Limits
12-09-14 15-04 2015 Federal Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA): Retirement, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (RSDI); Supplemental Security Income (SSI); Railroad Retirement (RR) Benefits; Medicare Part B Premiums
06-02-14 14-11 1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Card Monitoring and Replacements
2. Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)