IA is money a State pays to individuals to provide for their basic needs for everyday
living. IA can be a cash payment to the individual or a payment to a vendor on behalf
of the individual. Some states refer to IA as general assistance or general relief.
To qualify for reimbursement, IA payments must be funded only from State or local
funds. IA payments that contain any Federal funds, wholly or in part, do not qualify
for reimbursement. For example, IA is not payable to States for assistance payments
related to programs like Medicaid and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
because the Federal government partially funds these programs.