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