256D.0511 Lump-sum payments.
Subdivision 1. Ineligibility. Applicants for general assistance who are ineligible for AFDC due to a nonrecurring lump-sum payment or recipients of general assistance are ineligible for general assistance benefits for the period described below unless the person demonstrates that the lump-sum payment was used for basic needs.
Subd. 2. Budgeting lump sums. Nonrecurring lump-sum income received by a recipient of general assistance must be budgeted in the normal retrospective cycle. Nonrecurring lump-sum income received by an applicant for general assistance who is ineligible for AFDC due to a nonrecurring lump-sum payment is prospectively budgeted.
Subd. 3. Period of ineligibility. The period of ineligibility determined under the AFDC program shall be used when computing eligibility for applicants for general assistance who are ineligible for AFDC due to receipt of a nonrecurring lump-sum payment. Recipients of general assistance who receive nonrecurring lump-sum income shall have their period of ineligibility determined using the AFDC policy defined in section 256.74, subdivision 1.
Subd. 4. Shortening a period of ineligibility. Applicants for general assistance who are ineligible for AFDC due to receipt of a lump sum must cooperate in determining if the AFDC period of ineligibility can be shortened under section 256.74, subdivision 1, as a condition of eligibility for general assistance. For applicants and recipients of general assistance, the period of ineligibility must be shortened when the assistance unit provides documentation that part or all of the lump-sum income has been expended for basic needs as defined in subdivision 5.
Subd. 5. Definitions. As used in this section, the following words have the meanings given:
(1) "assistance unit," for purposes of applying the lump-sum provision, is defined as all persons whose needs are taken into account in determining eligibility and the amount of assistance payment; and
(2) "basic needs" are defined as the minimum personal requirements of subsistence and are restricted to:
(v) other items of which the loss or lack of is determined by the county agency to pose a direct immediate threat to the physical health or safety of a member of the assistance unit;
(vi) education, training, and work expenses necessary to become economically self-sufficient; and
(vii) medical expenses.
HIST: 1995 c 178 art 2 s 31; art 6 s 17
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