Workers’ Compensation
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This section includes information about income derived from Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Workers’ Compensation provides benefits to employees who are determined to have a work-related illness or injury. Temporary cash benefits may be paid through Workers’ Compensation as a substitute for lost wages.
Benefits paid under the Workers’ Compensation law are countable as unearned income.
When attorney fees exist, the fees are deducted from the gross countable income.
Countable income is used to determine an income budget. (See Income Budgeting to see how FAA determines the income budget.) FAA needs to know about income that is both countable and not countable to determine whether a budgetary unit’s income is exceeding their expenses. (See Income Eligibility for more information about how FAA uses countable and not countable income.)
The participant has the primary responsibility for providing verification. (See Participant Responsibilities – Providing Verification for additional policy.)
For NA, all of the following income is required to be verified before eligibility is determined:
Reported on a new application, during the interview of a new application, or changes reported before the eligibility determination of a new application.
Changes after an eligibility determination of a new application (e.g., a renewal application, mid approval contact, etc.) and any of the following apply:
The source of the income has changed.
The income is questionable(g) or unclear(g).
The reported income amount has changed by $51 or more.
The previous verification in the case file is more than 59 calendar days old.
For CA, all income is required to be verified before determining eligibility.
Examples of verification that can be used for Workers’ Compensation include, and are not limited to, any of the following:
Agency or payer providing the income
Arizona Industrial Commission
Bank records
Benefit or award letter
Current checks reflecting gross income (Do not copy federal government checks)
Federal or state tax forms
Insurance company correspondence
Legal correspondence
Signed statement from the agency or payer providing the income
Legal Authorities
AAC R6-12-503
7 CFR 273.9(b)(2)(ii)
7 CFR 273.9(c)(19)
7 CFR 273.9(c)(19)(v)
last revised 10/02/2023