5101:4-6-13 Food assistance: determining eligibility of assistance groups with ineligible members.

When an assistance group member cannot participate because he or she: has committed an intentional program violation, is a fleeing felon, is sanctioned in accordance with rule 5101:4-3-11.2 of the Administrative Code, has a social security number (SSN) disqualification, has failed to comply with an Ohio works first (OWF) requirement set forth in rule 5101:4-3-09 of the Administrative Code, is an ineligible able-bodied adult without dependents, or is an ineligible alien the eligibility and benefit level of any remaining assistance group members shall be determined in accordance with the procedures set forth in this rule.

(A) How is the eligibility and benefit level determined for an assistance group that contains a member who has committed an intentional program violation, has a fleeing felon disqualification or is sanctioned in accordance with rule 5101:4-3-11.2 of the Administrative Code?

(1) The income and resources of the ineligible member(s) shall count in their entirety and the entire assistance group's allowable earned income, medical, dependent care, legally obligated child support, and excess shelter deductions shall continue to apply to the remaining assistance group members.

(2) The ineligible member shall not be included when determining the assistance group size for the purposes of:

(a) Assigning a benefit level to the assistance group;

(b) Comparing the assistance group's monthly income with the income eligibility standards; or

(c) Applying the standard deduction.

(3) A notice of adverse action is not required when an individual with an intentional program violation is removed during the certification period as set forth in rule 5101:6-2-05 of the Administrative Code. The county agency shall notify the remaining members of their eligibility at the same time the excluded member is notified of his or her intentional program violation.

(4) A notice of adverse action shall be sent to the remaining assistance group members when a fleeing felon or a sanctioned individual is removed during the certification period as set forth in rule 5101:6-2-04 of the Administrative Code.

(5) No assistance group's benefit allotment shall be increased as a result of the exclusion of a member who has committed an intentional program violation, has a fleeing felon disqualification or is sanctioned.

(B) How is the eligibility and benefit level determined for an assistance group that contains a member who has a SSN disqualification, is an ineligible able-bodied adult without dependents or is an ineligible alien as set forth in rule 5101:4-3-07 of the Administrative Code?

(1) The resources of the ineligible member shall continue to count in their entirety to the remaining assistance group members.

(2) A pro rata share of the ineligible member's income shall be counted as income to the remaining members. This pro rata share is calculated as follows:

(a) Subtract the allowable exclusions from the ineligible member's income;

(b) Divide the income evenly among the assistance group members (including the ineligible member); and

(c) Count all but the ineligible member's share as income for the remaining assistance group members.

(3) The county agency must not include the resources and income of an ineligible alien's sponsor and the sponsor's spouse.

(4) The twenty per cent earned income deduction shall apply to the prorated income earned by the ineligible member which is attributed to the remaining assistance group members.

(5) The portion of the assistance group's allowable child support payment, shelter and dependent care expenses which are either paid by or billed to the ineligible members shall be divided evenly among the assistance group's members including the ineligible members. All but the ineligible members' share is counted as a deductible child support payment, shelter or dependent care expense for the remaining assistance group members. If the assistance group is eligible for one of the utility allowances the utility allowance shall not be prorated.

(6) The ineligible members shall not be included when determining the assistance group's size to:

(a) Assign benefit level to the assistance group;

(b) Compare the assistance group's monthly income with the income eligibility standards; or

(c) Apply the standard deduction.

(7) A notice of adverse action shall be sent to the remaining assistance group members when a member described in paragraph (B) of this rule is removed during the certification period as set forth in rule 5101:6-2-04 of the Administrative Code.

(C) How is the eligibility and benefit level determined for an assistance group that contains a member who is sanctioned under rule 5101:4-3-09 of the Administrative Code?

(1) The resources of the ineligible member shall continue to count in their entirety.

(2) A pro rata share of the ineligible member's income shall be counted as income to the remaining members. This pro rata share is calculated as follows:

(a) Subtract the allowable exclusions from the ineligible member's income;

(b) Divide the income evenly among the assistance group members (including the ineligible members); and

(c) Count all but the ineligible member's share as income for the remaining assistance group members.

(3) The twenty per cent earned income deduction shall apply to the prorated income earned by such ineligible members which is attributed to the remaining assistance group members.

(4) The portion of the assistance group's allowable child support payment, shelter and dependent care expenses which are either paid by or billed to the ineligible members shall be divided evenly among the assistance group's members including the ineligible members. All but the ineligible member's share is counted as a deductible child support payment, shelter or dependent care expense for the remaining assistance group members. If the assistance group is eligible for one of the utility allowances the utility allowance shall not be prorated.

(5) The ineligible members shall not be included when determining the assistance group's size to:

(a) Assign a benefit level to the assistance group;

(b) Compare the assistance group's monthly income with the income eligibility standards; or

(c) Apply the standard deduction.

(6) No assistance group's benefit allotment shall be increased as a result of the exclusion of one or more assistance group members as set forth in rule 5101:4-6-16 of the Administrative Code.

(7) A notice of adverse action shall be sent to the remaining assistance group members when a member as described in paragraph (C) of this rule is removed during the certification period as set forth in rule 5101:6-2-04 of the Administrative Code.

Replaces:

5101:4-6-13

Effective: 03/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/01/2015
Promulgated Under: 111.15
Statutory Authority: 5101.54
Rule Amplifies: 329.04 , 329.042 , 5101.54
Prior Effective Dates: 6/2/80, 12/1/80, 4/1/81, 10/1/81, 9/27/82, 8/1/83, 9/24/83 (TEMP.), 11/11/83, 10/1/86, 1/16/87 (EMER.), 4/6/87, 1/1/91, 8/1/92 (EMER.), 10/30/92, 9/1/94, 9/22/96 (EMER.), 12/21/96, 1/1/97 (EMER.), 3/23/97, 4/1/97 (EMER.), 6/6/97, 7/1/97 (EMER.), 8/14/97, 9/3/97 (EMER.), 10/24/97, 2/1/99, 6/1/01 (EMER.), 8/27/01, 12/1/05