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)