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S.F. No. 975 - Human Services Public Assistance Asset Limits Imposition And Provisions Modifications
 
Author: Senator Rich Draheim
 
Prepared By: Patrick Hauswald, Senate Counsel (651/296-5079)
 
Date: March 13, 2019



 

S.F. No. 975 revises eligibility provisions for medical assistance, general assistance, SNAP, and MFIP, and provisions relating to EBT cards.

Section 1 (256.987, subdivision 1) requires that EBT cards include a photograph of the head of household and a list of family members authorized to use the card. It also requires that cardholders show identification before making a purchase.

Section 2 (256.987, subdivision 2) prohibits the receipt of cash for the return of items purchased with an EBT card, requiring that the cost of items purchased with an EBT card be credited back to the card.

Section 3 (256B.056, subdivision 1a) makes a conforming change.

Section 4 (256B.056, subdivision 3) removes the prohibition on asset limits for medical assistance for adults without children, reinstating the medical assistance asset limits for individuals and families.

Section 5 (256B.056, subdivision 3c) removes the provision restricting household asset limits to apply only to parents and caretaker relatives who qualify for medical assistance, reinstating the medical assistance asset limit for all households.

Section 6 (256B.056, subdivision 7a) requires the commissioner of human services to annually reverify the eligibility of medical assistance participants, using a prepopulated renewal form that must be corrected and submitted by the participant.

Section 7 (256D.024, subdivision 3) expands the ineligibility for general assistance of offenders fleeing from prosecution, custody, or confinement to include any crime.

Section 8 (256D.0245) requires local probation agencies to provide to the welfare fraud division of the local social services agency a weekly list of individuals who tested positive for an illegal controlled substance, for purposes of determining ineligibility for general assistance.

Section 9 (256D.0515) imposes an asset limit on food stamp households of $7,000, excluding vehicles.

Section 10 (256D.0516, subdivision 2) requires food support recipients to report any changes in income, assets, or employment that affect eligibility within ten days of the change.

Section 11 (256J.26, subdivision 3) expands the ineligibility for MFIP of offenders fleeing from prosecution, custody, or confinement to include any crime.

Section 12 (256J.265) requires local probation agencies to provide to the welfare fraud division of the local social services agency a weekly list of individuals who tested positive for an illegal controlled substance, for purposes of determining ineligibility for MFIP.

Section 13 directs the commissioner of human services to seek any necessary federal waivers to implement reinstatement of asset limits for families with children and single adults without children, and the removal of self-attestation when establishing eligibility for medical assistance.

 
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