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55 Pa. Code § 140.401. Policy.


§ 140.401. Policy.

 (a)  The Department provides EMC for up to 12 months under the Categorically Needy Program to AFDC/AFDC-U families whose Cash Assistance is discontinued due to new employment, increased hours of employment, increased income from employment or loss of the 4-month $30 and one-third disregard or the 8-month $30 disregard.

 (b)  Initial coverage under EMC shall be continuous from the date of the AFDC/AFDC-U closing, regardless of the earned income amount. A separate application is not required for EMC benefits. A recipient will be given notice of EMC eligibility or ineligibility, the reporting requirements and conditions of continued EMC eligibility in conformance with section 303 of the Family Support Act (42 U.S.C.A. § §  602, 606, 1396r and 1396s).

 (c)  EMC continues for the first 6 months regardless of income or employment as long as the budget group includes a child who meets the AFDC age requirements.

 (d)  EMC continues for the second 6 months as long as:

   (1)  Average gross monthly earned income, less child care costs, does not exceed the allowable Federally established percentage of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines updated annually by the Department of Health and Human Services and published in the Federal Register.

   (2)  The specified relative maintains employment in every month during this extended EMC period.

   (3)  The budget group includes a child who meets the AFDC age requirements.


   The provisions of this §  140.401 adopted October 16, 1992, effective upon publication and apply retroactively to April 1, 1990, 22 Pa.B. 5164.

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