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9500.1245 APPLICANT AND RECIPIENT RESPONSIBILITIES.

Subpart 1.

Applicant reporting requirements.

An applicant shall provide information about circumstances that affect the applicant's program eligibility or the assistance payment. The applicant shall provide the information on an application form and supplemental forms. An applicant shall report any changes in those circumstances under subpart 5 while the application is pending.

Subp. 2.

Responsibility to inquire.

An applicant or recipient who does not know or who is unsure whether a change in circumstances will affect program eligibility or assistance payments shall contact the county agency for information about whether or not to report the change.

Subp. 3.

Household report forms.

An assistance unit with a member who has earned income or a recent work history, and an assistance unit that has income allocated to it from a filing unit member who has earned income or a recent work history, shall complete a monthly household report form. "Recent work history" means the individual received earned income in any one of the three calendar months preceding the current payment month. To be complete, a household report form must be signed and dated no earlier than the last day of the reporting period. All questions required to determine assistance payment eligibility must be answered and documentation of earned income must be included. A recipient shall submit the household report form by the eighth calendar day of the month following the reporting period covered by the form, or, if the eighth calendar day of the month falls on a weekend or holiday, by the first working day that follows the eighth calendar day. Delays in submitting the completed household report form may delay an assistance payment in the month following the month in which the form is due.

Subp. 4.

Late household report forms.

When a household report form is late or incomplete, items A, B, or C apply.

A.

When a complete household report form is not received by a county agency before the last ten days of the month in which the form is due, the county agency shall send notice of proposed termination of assistance. When a recipient submits an incomplete form on or after the date the notice of proposed termination has been sent, the termination is valid unless the recipient submits a complete form before the end of the month.

B.

When a recipient submits an incomplete household report form before the last ten days of the month in which it is due, a county agency's ten-day notice of termination of assistance for failure to provide a complete household report form is invalid unless the county agency has returned the incomplete form on or before the ten-day notice deadline.

C.

If a complete household report form is received by the county agency within a calendar month after the month in which assistance was received, an assistance unit required to submit a household report form is considered to have continued its application for assistance effective the date the required report is received by the county agency. However, no assistance shall be paid for the period beginning with the first day of the month after the month in which the report was due and ending with the date the report was received by the county agency.

Subp. 5.

Changes which must be reported.

Recipients shall report the changes or anticipated changes specified in items A to J within ten days after the date they occur, within ten days after the date the recipient learns that the change will occur, at the time of the periodic redetermination under subpart 6, or within eight calendar days after a reporting period as in subpart 3, whichever occurs first. A recipient shall report other changes at the time of the periodic redetermination of eligibility under subpart 6 or at the end of a reporting period under subpart 3 as applicable. A recipient shall make these reports in writing or in person to the county agency. Changes in circumstances which must be reported within ten days must also be reported on the household report form for the reporting period in which those changes occurred. Within ten days, a recipient must report changes in:

A.

initial employment;

B.

the initial receipt of unearned income;

C.

a recurring change of more than $50 per month of net earned or unearned income;

D.

the receipt of a lump sum;

E.

an increase in resources;

F.

the marriage or divorce of an assistance unit member;

G.

a change in the household composition including departures from and returns to the home of filing unit members, or the birth or death of a member of the filing unit;

H.

a change in the address or living quarters of an assistance unit;

I.

the sale, purchase, or other transfer of property; and

J.

a change in school attendance of a child over 15 years of age or an adult member of an assistance unit.

Subp. 6.

Redetermination of eligibility.

Except as provided in items A to C, a county agency must redetermine eligibility of a recipient once each year. A recipient must complete forms prescribed by the commissioner and required for redetermination of eligibility.

A.

A county agency that has opted to provide assistance on a weekly basis to persons without a verified residence address may redetermine eligibility each week. In redetermining eligibility, the county agency must use the form in part 9500.1237, subpart 4, item D, subitem (2). The form must include a claim of need by the recipient.

B.

A county agency must redetermine eligibility when a recipient who has been disqualified from receiving cash assistance due to noncompliance with a program provision requests assistance after the expiration of the disqualification period.

C.

A county agency may redetermine the eligibility of a recipient when a change that affects program eligibility is reported to the county agency.

Subp. 7.

Other maintenance benefits.

An applicant or recipient must apply, according to part 9500.1254, for other maintenance benefits that the county agency has determined the applicant or recipient is potentially eligible for. An applicant or recipient who fails or refuses to take the actions specified by the county agency according to part 9500.1254 must be terminated from general assistance and remains ineligible for assistance until the applicant or recipient takes the actions specified by the county agency under this subpart.

Subp. 8.

[Repealed, 32 SR 1437]

Subp. 9.

[Repealed, 32 SR 1437]

Statutory Authority:

MS s 14.388; 256D.01; 256D.04; 256D.051; 256D.06; 256D.08; 256D.09; 256D.111

History:

15 SR 1842; 32 SR 1437

Published Electronically:

October 16, 2013