MEMORANDUM
2004 Memorandums
IM-52      05/27/04
SUBJECT:
COUNTIES WAIVED OR EXEMPTED FROM MEETING THE 18-TO-50-YEAR-OLD WORK REQUIREMENT
DISCUSSION:
Effective June 1, 2004, the counties that are waived or exempted from meeting the 18-to-50 year-old work requirements are changed.  These changes affect June 2004 food stamp benefits.

Missouri received approval to waive 56 counties and the city of St. Louis from meeting the 18-to-50-year-old work requirement effective June 2004.  The work requirement is for 18-to-50-year-old able bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) to work or participate in an approved training program an average of 20 hours per week. 

Waived Counties

The following counties are waived due to an insufficient number of jobs to provide employment for individuals residing in the area.

007 Bates 046 Howell* 085 Pulaski
008 Benton 047 Iron 090 Reynolds
009 Bollinger 053 Laclede 091 Ripley
012 Butler 056 Lewis 093 St. Clair
013 Caldwell 058 Linn 094 St. Francois
015 Camden 059 Livingston 097 Saline*
016 Cape Girardeau* 061 Macon 100 Scott
017 Carroll 062 Madison 101 Shannon
018 Carter 063 Maries 102 Shelby
021 Chariton 066 Miller 103 Stoddard
022 Christian* 067 Mississippi 104 Stone
023 Clark 069 Monroe 106 Taney
028 Crawford 071 Morgan 107 Texas
030 Dallas 072 New Madrid 110 Washington
033 Dent 075 Oregon 111 Wayne
034 Douglas 077 Ozark 112 Webster
035 Dunklin 078 Pemiscot 114 Wright
042 Henry* 080 Pettis* 115 St. Louis City
043 Hickory 084 Polk*  

*Newly Waived Counties

FAMIS considers individuals in these counties as waived from the 18-to-50-year-old work requirements.  The worker does not have to enter a waiver code and the Training/Work Requirement (FMMR) screen does not appear in the controlled flow.

Exempt Counties

Federal regulations allow each state to develop policy that exempts up to 15% of the ABAWD population from the work requirement.

We have determined the following counties have a small number of ABAWDs and insufficient resources to provide training services.  These counties are exempted from the work requirement policy effective June 1, 2004.

002 Andrew 040 Grundy 082 Pike
003 Atchison 041 Harrison 083 Platte
006 Barton 044 Holt 086 Putnam
020 Cedar 045 Howard 087 Ralls
025 Clinton 052 Knox 089 Ray
027 Cooper 065 Mercer 095 Ste. Genevieve
029 Dade 068 Moniteau 098 Schuyler
031 Daviess 070 Montgomery 099 Scotland
032 DeKalb 074 Nodaway 105 Sullivan
037 Gasconade 076 Osage 109 Warren
038 Gentry 079 Perry 113 Worth

FAMIS considers individuals in these counties as exempt from the 18-to-50-year-old work requirements.  All counties removed from exempt status are eligible under the waived status, and are not subject to the 18-to-50-year-old work requirements.  The worker does not have to enter a waiver code and the Training/Work Requirement (FMMR) screen does not appear in the controlled flow.

Impact on Newly Waived Counties

Individuals residing in the newly waived counties who were denied food stamp benefits because they did not meet the 18-to-50-year-old work requirement are eligible as of June 1, 2004. The individual will be added at the next eligibility determination if they meet all other eligibility requirements.  There is no change in the eligibility for these EUs. 

FMMR Entries

The Training/Work Requirements (FMMR) screen is used to track non-work months in FAMIS.  Remove June 2004, and later months from the FMMR screen if entered as non-work months for individuals who reside in a waived or exempted county during these months.  When making entries on the FMMR screen, do not enter non-work months for any month in which an individual subject to the 18-to-50-year-old work requirement resides in a waived or exempted county or city.

18-to-50-year-old Work Requirement Flyer

A flyer listing this year’s waived counties (in Adobe Acrobat) is on the Intranet.  To view the listing:

Make this flyer available to community groups, local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc. for distribution to individuals that may be affected by the waiver.
 
NECESSARY ACTION:
  • Review this memorandum with appropriate staff.
  • Beginning 06/01/2004, apply waived and exempt status to the above counties effective June 1, 2004.
  • Provide the flyer to community groups in the area, local food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, etc.
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