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Chapter 256J

Section 256J.32

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256J.32 Documenting, verifying, and recertifying eligibility.

Subdivision 1. Verification of information. A county agency must only require verification of information necessary to determine MFIP-S eligibility and the amount of the assistance payment.

Subd. 2. Documentation. The applicant or participant must document the information required under subdivisions 4 to 6 or authorize the county agency to verify the information. The applicant or participant has the burden of providing documentary evidence to verify eligibility. The county agency shall assist the applicant or participant in obtaining required documents when the applicant or participant is unable to do so. When an applicant or participant and the county agency are unable to obtain documents needed to verify information, the county agency may accept an affidavit from an applicant or participant as sufficient documentation.

Subd. 3. Contacting third parties. A county agency must not request information about an applicant or participant that is not of public record from a source other than county agencies, the department, or the United States Department of Health and Human Services without the person's prior written consent. An applicant's signature on an application form constitutes consent for contact with the sources specified on the application. A county agency may use a single consent form to contact a group of similar sources, such as banks or insurance agencies, but the sources to be contacted must be identified by the county agency prior to requesting an applicant's consent.

Subd. 4. Factors to be verified. The county agency shall verify the following at application:

(1) identity of adults;

(2) presence of the minor child in the home, if questionable;

(3) relationship of a minor child to caregivers in the assistance unit;

(4) age, if necessary to determine MFIP-S eligibility;

(5) immigration status;

(6) social security number in accordance with the requirements of section 256J.30, subdivision 12;

(7) income;

(8) self-employment expenses used as a deduction;

(9) source and purpose of deposits and withdrawals from business accounts;

(10) spousal support and child support payments made to persons outside the household;

(11) real property;

(12) vehicles;

(13) checking and savings accounts;

(14) savings certificates, savings bonds, stocks, and individual retirement accounts;

(15) pregnancy, if related to eligibility;

(16) inconsistent information, if related to eligibility;

(17) medical insurance;

(18) anticipated graduation date of an 18-year-old;

(19) burial accounts;

(20) school attendance, if related to eligibility; and

(21) residence.

Subd. 5. Verification of immigration status. An applicant's written authorization is required before the county agency contacts the Immigration and Naturalization Service to verify immigration status under subdivision 4, clause (5). However, refusal to provide such authorization is grounds for a finding of ineligibility if the applicant fails to produce proof of eligible immigration status.

Subd. 5a. Inconsistent information. When the county agency verifies inconsistent information under subdivision 4, clause (16), or 6, clause (4), the reason for verifying the information must be documented in the financial case record.

Subd. 6. Recertification. The county agency shall recertify eligibility in an annual face-to-face interview with the participant and verify the following:

(1) presence of the minor child in the home, if questionable;

(2) income, including self-employment expenses used as a deduction or deposits or withdrawals from business accounts;

(3) assets when the value is within $200 of the asset limit; and

(4) inconsistent information, if related to eligibility.

HIST: 1997 c 85 art 1 s 21

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