SI CHI00830.106 (IL) AFDC Payments
A. AFDC and Deeming
1. Stepparent's Income
Effective October 1, 1981, the stepparent's income is used in determining AFDC payments. Prior to that date, it was not. This should be taken into consideration in deeming situations.
2. AFDC Income of an Ineligible Spouse parent
In deeming situations, if verification is in file that the ineligible spouse or ineligible parent is receiving AFDC, it is not necessary to verify the amount of the ineligible spouse or ineligible parent's AFDC income. Therefore, when systems input is prepared, the amount of the ineligible's type F income will be unknown. Enter zero money amounts for the ineligible spouse or ineligible parent's AFDC income in these cases. The same policy applies for ineligible parents.
B. Grant Amounts Not Readily Available
The method outlined in this section can be used when it has been determined that the grant amounts needed to determine the claimant's AFDC income are not readily available.
If the claimant has his current medical assistance card in his immediate possession, ask to see it and make a copy (or certification) for the file. Use the card to determine the number of persons included in the grant. The number on the medical card must begin with "04" or "06" in order to support the applicant's allegations of receipt of AFDC. If one of these numbers does not appear, or if the claimant does not have his current medical card in his immediate possession, follow B.2. (below) in verifying AFDC.
Obtain and document the applicant's allegation of the current AFDC payment amount, and the number of children and adults on the grant. Ascertain whether there are any recent additions to the family household. If not, compare the alleged amount and family size with the appropriate county chart (Exhibit II).
1. Allegations Match the Chart
If the claimant's allegations of family size and AFDC payment amount match the appropriate chart amounts, take the difference between the grant amount for that family size and the grant amount with the SSI applicant removed. (If more than one person is applying for SSI, see SI 00830.400D.) The amount determined by this method is unearned income for the SSI applicant. Document the file with a separate Report of Contact (RC) showing the computation. Verification may be done postadjudicatively .
Caution be exercised in using the proper columns of the chart for the grant amount with the SSI applicant removed. For example, if a Group I grant currently includes one caretaker adult and two children, the current grant amount is taken from the column headed "caretaker relative(s) and child(ren)." If the caretaker relative applies for SSI, the grant amount with the SSI applicant removed will be obtained from the "child(ren) only" column.
2. Allegations Do Not Match the Chart
If the applicant's allegations of family size and AFDC payment amount do not agree with the chart, the SSI applicant's share of the AFDC grant must be verified with the paying agency prior to adjudication.
C. AFDC or Title IV-E Foster Care Termination Date Not Available
The following regional procedure applies when the AFDC agency cannot or will not provide an AFDC termination date. The same procedure applies for title IV-E foster care:
Input AFDC or foster care income with a "c" frequency code;
Diary the case to obtain the termination date postadjudicatively;
Document the file with an RC stating whether the AFDC or title IV- E foster care agency could not or would not provide the information, and that the case has been diaried to obtain the termination date postadjudicatively.
If the contact with the AFDC agency is by mail, a notice similar to Exhibit I may be used. The DO may reproduce this letter or develop one of its own as long as the letter requests all required information.