SI CHI00830.116 (MN) AFDC Payments

A. AFDC and Deeming

1. Stepparent's Income

Effective February 1, 1982, 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 or 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 an ineligible spouse or ineligible parent's AFDC income. Therefore, when systems input is prepared, the amount of type "F" income is unknown. Enter zero money amounts for the ineligible spouse or ineligible parent's AFDC income on 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. 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 size.

1. Allegations Match 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.11.) 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 .

In determining the AFDC income of the SSI applicant, take the grant amount with the applicant removed and subtract it from the AFDC grant amount as if the applicant was still included. For example, if an assistance unit currently includes three children, the current grant amount is taken from the column headed "Children Only" for a group size of three. If the applicant is removed, the assistance group becomes two and the grant amount, the payment assistance standard for two. The AFDC income of the applicant would be the difference between the two assistance standards.

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. Pregnancy Payments

Payments to pregnant women without other children are an optional part of a state's AFDC program. They are restricted to those women who have been medically diagnosed as pregnant and are in the last trimester of pregnancy.

Effective February 1, 1982, Minnesota pays AFDC to pregnant women with no other children living with them, during the third trimester of pregnancy. This is a payment for the pregnant woman. It is not a payment for the unborn child. Therefore, it reduces the expectant mother's SSI payment dollar-for- dollar. (Prior to February 1, 1982, Minnesota made payments for unborn children.)

D. AFDC or Title IV-E Foster Care

The following regional procedures 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 SSA-5002 (Report of Contact) 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.

E. Exhibits

Exhibit I, or a similar form or letter, may be used to obtain written verification.

Exhibit II is the table of AFDC monthly allowances.


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SI CHI00830.116 - (MN) AFDC Payments - 10/15/2001
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