A-250, Verification Requirements

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Revision 19-1; Effective January 1, 2019

SNAP and TANF

Fugitive status for people who are fleeing felons or violating their probation or parole must be verified.

TANF

There are no verification requirements for household determination. See A-500, Age/Relationship; A-900, Domicile; and A-1000, Deprivation.

Verify out-of-state disqualifications for felony drug convictions.

SNAP

Verify the following:

  • household size, if questionable, or if a regional requirement;
  • out-of-state disqualifications for intentional program violations;
  • out-of-state disqualifications for felony drug convictions;
  • compliance with parole or community supervision for individuals with a felony drug conviction on or after Sept.1, 2015 at each application, renewal, and when adding a new individual with a felony drug conviction at a change; and
  • whether a felony drug conviction is:
    • subsequent to another felony drug conviction on or after Sept. 1, 2015; and
    • received while the individual was receiving SNAP.

The individual's statement is acceptable verification of a felony drug conviction.

The individual's statement about who buys and prepares meals, is acceptable unless questionable.

An elderly person with disabilities claiming separate household status must provide verification of:

  • meeting criteria in B-432.1, Social Security's Criteria for Disability, if questionable; and
  • other household members' income.

Medical Programs

In order for an advisor to determine a person’s MAGI household composition, each individual on the application must provide his or her tax status, which will identify the individual as a taxpayer, tax dependent, a non-taxpayer or non-tax dependent. Additionally, applicants must provide the following information on their tax relationships to one another:

  • a taxpayer who plans to claim one or more dependents must provide the name(s) of the dependent(s);
  • a taxpayer who plans to file a joint federal income tax return with a spouse must provide the spouse’s name;
  • a taxpayer who plans to file a separate federal income tax return from his or her spouse must provide the name and filing status of the spouse; and
  • a tax dependent must provide the name of the taxpayer(s) who expects to claim him or her.

Note: For a pregnant woman, if tax status information is not available and the client cannot be reached, the advisor can create a Medicaid for Pregnant Women (TP 40) EDG and certify the pregnant woman by postponing verification of tax status, as explained in A-145.1, Postponed Verification Procedures. TIERS will use the non-tax payer/non-tax dependent household rules to build and pend the TP 40 EDG for the tax status information. Advisors must verify tax status for a TP 40 EDG after certification if the tax status was not verified by the client during the eligibility determination.

 

A—251 Verification Sources

Revision 19-1; Effective January 1, 2019

SNAP and TANF

  • Current school record showing the same address as the specified relative
  • Visual observation of the child
  • Statement from non-relative landlord
  • Statement from non-relative neighbor
  • Hospital, clinic, health department or private doctor's record
  • Statement from clergy
  • Court child support order
  • Juvenile court records
  • Child welfare records
  • Marriage license/certificate
  • Juvenile Medicaid Tracker (only for those placed or released by the Texas Juvenile Justice Department or Juvenile Probation Department)

An out-of-state human services agency can verify intentional program violations and felony drug convictions.

Fugitive status for fleeing felons and probation or parole violators can only be verified by law enforcement with a:

  • written notification that law enforcement is actively seeking to apprehend the individual within the next 30 days; and
  • copy of the arrest warrant.

For fugitives who are fleeing felons, the arrest warrant must also contain one of the following National Crime Information Center (NCIC) codes:

  • Escape (4901);
  • Flight to Avoid (4902); or
  • Flight-Escape (4999).

Note: Staff must not pend for, or attempt to obtain, the verification of fugitive status for fleeing felons or probation or parole violators from the household. Verification of fugitive status is provided to HHSC by law enforcement when they are actively seeking to apprehend individuals.

TANF

An out-of-state human services agency can verify time limits.

 

SNAP

Compliance with parole or community supervision for people with a felony drug conviction on or after Sept. 1, 2015 can be verified using:

  • Form H1806, Parole/Community Supervision Report; or
  • answers to the parole or community supervision compliance questions submitted online through YourTexasBenefits.com or the Your Texas Benefits Mobile App when the person who has the felony drug conviction is the same individual who:
    • signed the online application;
    • signed the renewal; or
    • submitted the change. 

Subsequent felony drug convictions while receiving SNAP can be verified using:

  • Criminal history in Data Broker
  • Out-of-state human services agency
  • TIERS inquiry

Medical Programs

The client’s statement is an acceptable verification source for MAGI household composition, including a person’s tax status and tax relationships.

Related Policy

Questionable Information, C-920
Providing Verification, C-930