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    Subdivision 1. Scope. The terms defined in this section shall have the meanings given them.
The definitions in this section apply to sections 256D.33 to 256D.54.
    Subd. 2.[Repealed, 1989 c 282 art 5 s 133]
    Subd. 2a. Aged. "Aged" means having reached age 65 or reaching the age of 65 during
the month of application.
    Subd. 3.[Repealed, 1989 c 282 art 5 s 133]
    Subd. 3a. Assistance unit. "Assistance unit" means the individual applicant or recipient or
an eligible applicant married couple or recipient married couple who live together.
    Subd. 4.[Repealed, 1989 c 282 art 5 s 133]
    Subd. 4a. Blind. "Blind" means the condition of a person whose central visual acuity does
not exceed 20/200 in the better eye with correcting lenses, or, if visual acuity is greater than
20/200, the condition is accompanied by limitation in the fields of vision such that the widest
diameter of the visual field subtends an angle no greater than 20 degrees. A person who receives
supplemental security income based on other visual disabilities may also be eligible for the
Minnesota supplemental aid program.
    Subd. 5. Commissioner. "Commissioner" means the commissioner of human services or a
    Subd. 6. Department. "Department" means the Department of Human Services.
    Subd. 7. County agency. "County agency" means the local social services agencies in the
several counties of the state except that it may also include any multicounty local social services
agencies where those have been established in accordance with law.
    Subd. 8.[Repealed, 1989 c 282 art 5 s 133]
    Subd. 8a. Disability. "Disability" means disability as determined under the criteria used by
the Title II program of the Social Security Act.
    Subd. 8b. Emergency. "Emergency" means circumstances that demand immediate action to
safeguard against threats to health or safety of an individual.
    Subd. 8c. Financially responsible relative. "Financially responsible relative" means a
spouse or a parent of a minor child.
    Subd. 8d. Good cause. "Good cause" means a reason for taking an action or failing to take an
action that is reasonable and justified when viewed in the context of surrounding circumstances.
    Subd. 9. Homestead. "Homestead" means a shelter in which the individual or the spouse
with whom the individual lives has an ownership interest, and that is the principal residence of the
individual, spouse, or the individual's minor or disabled child. The home may be either real or
personal property, fixed or mobile, and located on land or water. The home includes all the land
that appertains to it and buildings located on that land.
    Subd. 10. Gross income. "Gross income" means the total amount of earned and unearned
money received in a month before any deductions or disregards are applied.
    Subd. 11. In-kind income. "In-kind income" means income, benefits, or payments that are
provided in a form other than money or liquid asset. In-kind income includes goods, produce,
services, privileges, or payments on behalf of a person by a third party; except benefits of the
recipient, such as those administered by the Social Security Administration, that are paid to a
representative payee, and are spent on behalf of the applicant or recipient, are not in-kind income,
but are considered available income of the applicant or recipient.
    Subd. 11a. Institution. "Institution" means a hospital, consistent with Code of Federal
Regulations, title 42, section 440.10; regional treatment center inpatient services, consistent
with section 245.474; a nursing facility; and an intermediate care facility for persons with
developmental disabilities.
    Subd. 12. Lump sum. "Lump sum" means money received on an irregular or unexpected
    Subd. 13. Maintenance benefit. "Maintenance benefit" means cash payments, other than
Minnesota supplemental aid, provided under law or rule. Maintenance benefit includes workers'
compensation, unemployment benefits, railroad retirement, veterans benefits, supplemental
security income, Social Security disability insurance, or other benefits identified by the county
agency that provide periodic benefits that can be used to meet the basic needs of the assistance unit.
    Subd. 14.[Repealed, 1995 c 207 art 5 s 40]
    Subd. 15. Net income. "Net income" means monthly income remaining after allowable
deductions and disregards are subtracted from gross income.
    Subd. 16. Overpayment. "Overpayment" means an amount of Minnesota supplemental aid
paid to a recipient that exceeds the amount to which the recipient is entitled for that month.
    Subd. 17. Potential eligibility. "Potential eligibility" means a determination by a county
agency that an assistance unit or a financially responsible relative appears to meet the eligibility
requirements of another maintenance benefit program.
    Subd. 18. Retirement. "Retirement, survivors, and disability insurance" means benefits paid
under the federal program for retired, disabled, and surviving spouses of retired or disabled
individuals under Title II of the Social Security Act.
    Subd. 18a. Shelter costs. "Shelter costs" means rent, manufactured home lot rentals; monthly
principal, interest, insurance premiums, and property taxes due for mortgages or contract for deed
costs; costs for utilities, including heating, cooling, electricity, water, and sewerage; garbage
collection fees; and the basic service fee for one telephone.
    Subd. 19.[Repealed, 1995 c 207 art 5 s 40]
    Subd. 20. Supplemental security income. "Supplemental security income" means benefits
paid under the federal program of supplemental security income for the aged, blind, and disabled
under Title XVI of the Social Security Act.
History: 1974 c 487 s 1; 1984 c 654 art 5 s 58; 1985 c 248 s 70; 1986 c 444; 1988 c 689 art
2 s 193; 1989 c 282 art 5 s 74-93; 1990 c 426 art 2 s 1; 1992 c 513 art 8 s 24; 1Sp1993 c 1 art
8 s 4; 1994 c 488 s 8; 1994 c 631 s 31; 1999 c 107 s 66; 2000 c 343 s 4; 1Sp2001 c 9 art 3 s
68,69; 2002 c 379 art 1 s 113; 2005 c 56 s 1

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