STATE OF ALASKA
Department of Health and Social Services
Division of Public Assistance
TRANSMITTAL NUMBER: MC #54
MANUAL: Alaska Temporary Assistance Program
DATE: December 1, 2016
This year Social Security announced a 0.3% COLA Cost of Living Allowance increase effective January 1, 2017. We have updated the Alaska Temporary Assistance income eligibility and shelter allowance standards to reflect the annual COLA adjustments in Social Security benefits. The new standards are effective beginning with the benefit month of January 2017. The Eligibility Information System will automatically apply these new standards when determining eligibility and benefit amounts beginning January 2017. Clarification has been added regarding the eligibility of half-siblings to align with the Alaska administrative code. A link to the new MAGI Modified Adjusted Gross Income Medicaid manual has been added in the Transitional Medicaid section. ABLE Achieving a Better Life Experience account information has been clarified and aligns with the other Public Assistance programs. The city name of Barrow has been updated to its new official name, Utqiagvik.
Highlights of these policy revisions are described below. If you have any questions please contact the Policy and Program Development Team at: email@example.com.
OVERVIEW OF CHANGES
MS 711-2 Mandatory Filing Unit
Updated the note to include half-siblings in the ATAP Alaska Temporary Assistance Program assistance unit which aligns with the Alaska Administrative Code.
MS 711-4 Who May Not Be Included in the Assistance Unit
Updated the note to include half-siblings in the ATAP assistance unit which aligns with the Alaska Administrative Code.
MS 719-2 Employability Assessment
Aligned TA MS 719-2 with the Alaska State TANF Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (Federal) Plan which states an Employability Assessment needs to be completed within 30 calendar days.
MS 740-3 B. Transitional Medicaid
Added the link to the new MAGI Modified Adjusted Gross Income Medicaid Manual.
MS 753-6 Other Exclusions
MS 770-4 Diversion
Retitled “Reserved” for future legislation/regulation changes.
The Diversion program has been obsolete since 2011, as such, this program has been removed from the Alaska TANF state plan. This program may be reinstated in the future, pending modifications in Alaska's legislation/regulation.
MS 780-1 G. Ratable Reduction
Updated the ratable reduction to reflect the 2017 0.3% Social Security COLA Cost of Living Allowance increase.
MS 780-3 Calculating The Payment Amount
Updated the standards to reflect the 2017 0.3% Social Security COLA Cost of Living Allowance increase, along with examples A, B and C to reflect the updated need standards.
MS 780-19 H. Verification Of Shelter Costs
Updated the link to the Alaska Annual Rental Market Survey located in the note.
Addendum 2 Temporary Assistance Income and Payment Standards
Updates the income eligibility standards and maximum shelter allowances for 2017.
Addendum 3 Criteria For AK Native Village Time Limit Exemption
Updated the city of Barrow to the new official city name; Utqiagvik.