What’s Changed on 09/16/2019
What’s Changed on 09/16/2019
 
The above item has changed in the Cash and Nutrition Assistance Policy (CNAP) Manual due to a Policy Change Alert.
 
Energy Assistance Payments (Policy Change Alert 19‑024F)
EFFECTIVE DATE: For all interviews completed on or after 09/16/2019
 
These changes are due to a clarification of the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS).
 
When an energy assistance payment is paid directly to the participant, treatment of the payment will depend on the following:
 
When the energy assistance payment, paid directly to the participant is more than the actual utility expense, complete the following:
After deducting the energy assistance, key the excess amount on UNIC using the EN NC Unearned Income Code in the INC TYP field.
When the energy assistance is paid directly to the participant and the assistance payment is less than the utility expenses, complete the following:
Deduct the assistance amount received from the utility expenses. Apply the assistance to the telephone bill last.
After deducting the energy assistance, key any remaining balance of utility expenses on EXNS. (See Example Negative Rent)
 
Document to support the determination.
 
Policy reference(s) revised due to this change:
 
Clarified that energy assistance payments are keyed using the EN NC Unearned Income Code only when the payment is sent directly to the participant. (Policy Change Alert 19-024F, effective for all interviews completed on or after 09/16/2019)
 
FAA4.K08F – Negative Rent
Clarified what to do when an energy assistance payment is sent directly to the participant and is in excess of the utilities. (Policy Change Alert 19-024F, effective for all interviews completed on or after 09/16/2019)