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37.78.420    TANF: ASSISTANCE STANDARDS; TABLES; METHODS OF COMPUTING AMOUNT OF MONTHLY BENEFIT PAYMENT

(1) Income standards as set forth in this rule are used to determine whether need exists with respect to income for any person who applies for or receives TANF cash assistance or TANF cash assistance Post-Employment Program benefits and to determine the benefit amount the assistance unit will receive if eligible. Four sets of assistance standards are used which are as follows:

(a) The gross monthly income (GMI) standard sets the level of gross monthly income for each size assistance unit which cannot be exceeded if the assistance unit is to be eligible for TANF cash assistance.

(b) The net monthly income (NMI) standard is used to determine the GMI.

(c) The benefit standard sets the level of net countable income which cannot be exceeded if the assistance unit is to be eligible for assistance.

(d) The payment standard is used to determine the amount of the monthly cash payment in the TANF cash assistance program and is based on the size of the or TANF cash assistance Post-Employment Program benefits assistance unit, unless the household is receiving benefits through the TANF Cash Assistance Post-Employment Program. Payment standards in the Post-Employment Program are a set amount as defined in (4)(e). This amount is not based on household size. The household's net countable income is subtracted from the payment standard to determine the amount of the payment for the TANF case assistance unit. This amount is prorated for the month of application if eligibility is for less than a full month.

(2) The income standards vary depending on the number of persons in the assistance unit.

(3) The assistance unit's GMI as defined in ARM 37.78.103 is compared to the applicable GMI standard, and after specified disregards, to the benefit standard. If the assistance unit's GMI exceeds the GMI standard or their countable monthly income as defined in ARM 37.78.103 exceeds the benefit standard, the assistance unit is ineligible for assistance. Monthly income is compared to the full standard even if the eligibility is being determined for only part of the month.

(a) Eligibility for assistance and the amount of the monthly benefit payment which a TANF cash assistance unit will receive is determined prospectively, that is, based on the department's best estimate of income and other circumstances which will exist in the benefit month.

(b) When comparing income to the income standards, income anticipated to be received in the benefit month is used.

(4) The GMI standards, NMI standards, and benefits standards are as follows:

 

(a) Gross monthly income standards are compared with the assistance unit's gross monthly income as defined in ARM 37.78.406.

 

GROSS MONTHLY INCOME STANDARDS (GMI)
Number of Persons in
Household
 
Gross Monthly Income (GMI)
1
$ 522
2
703
3
884
4
1,066
5
1,249
6
1,430
7
1,611
8
1,793
9
1,974
10
2,155
11
2,337
12
2,518
13
2,699
14
2,880
15
3,062
16
3,245
17
3,426
18
3,608
19
3,789
20
3,970

 

(b) Net monthly income standards are used to compute gross monthly income standards (GMI).

 

NET MONTHLY INCOME STANDARDS (NMI)
1
$ 282
2
380
3
478
4
576
5
675
6
773
7
871
8
969
9
1,067
10
1,165
11
1,263
12
1,361
13
1,459
14
1,557
15
1,655
16
1,754
17
1,852
18
1,950
19
2,048
20
2,146

 

(c) Benefit standards are compared with the assistance unit's countable income as defined in ARM 37.78.406.

 

BENEFITS STANDARDS
1
$ 221
2
298
3
375
4
452
5
530
6
607
7
684
8
761
9
838
10
915
11
991
12
1,068
13
1,145
14
1,222
15
1,299
16
1,377
17
1,454
18
1,531
19
1,608
20
1,685

 

(d) The payment standards for the TANF Cash Assistance Program are compared to the assistance unitís net countable income as defined in ARM 37.78.406

 

PAYMENT STANDARDS
(33% of the FY 2007 Federal Poverty Level)
1
$ 281
2
376
3
472
4
568
5
664
6
759
7
855
8
951
9
1,046
10
1,142
11
1,238
12
1,333
13
1,429
14
1,525
15
1,621
16
1,716
17
1,812
18
1,908
19
2,003
20
2,099

 

(e) The payment standards for the TANF Cash Assistance Post-Employment Program are compared to the assistance unit's net countable income as defined in ARM 37.78.406 and are set at the following:

 

POST-EMPLOYMENT
PAYMENT STANDARDS
1st Month
$ 375
2nd Month
275
3rd Month
175

 

(5) The adult's gross monthly earned income as defined in ARM 37.78.103 and ARM 37.78.406 is compared to the applicable GMI limit. If the assistance unit's GMI exceeds the GMI limit, the assistance unit is ineligible for assistance. Monthly income is compared to the full limit even if the eligibility is being determined for only part of the month. When comparing income to the income limits, income anticipated to be received in the benefit month is used.

History: 53-4-212, MCA; IMP, 53-4-211, 53-4-241, 53-4-601, MCA; NEW, 1996 MAR p. 2194, Eff. 8/9/96; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 3284, Eff. 12/18/98; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 746, Eff. 3/17/00; TRANS, from SRS, 2000 MAR p. 3414; AMD, 2001 MAR p. 183, Eff. 1/26/01; AMD, 2002 MAR p. 1771, Eff. 6/28/02; AMD, 2003 p. 1645, Eff. 8/1/03; AMD, 2006 MAR p. 2415, Eff. 10/6/06; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 1818, Eff. 11/9/07; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 1154, Eff. 6/13/08.

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