Section 373.2 - Eligibility requirements for RCA and RMA.

373.2 Eligibility requirements for RCA and RMA.

(a) Eligibility for RCA is limited to those applicants who:

(1) meet immigration status and identification requirements set forth in section 373.3 of this Part, or are the dependent children of a parent or parents who meet the immigration status requirements;

(2) are ineligible for cash assistance under the Aid to Dependent Children (ADC) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) programs, but meet the ADC assistance need standards;

(3) meet the requirements contained in section 373.6 of this Part;

(4) provide the name of the resettlement agency which resettled them; and

(5) are not full-time students in institutions of higher education, except where such enrollment is approved by the department as part of an individual employability plan.

(b) (1) Eligibility for RMA is limited to those applicants who:

(i) meet immigration status and identification requirements set forth in section 373.3 of this Part, or are the dependent children of a parent or parents who meet the immigration status requirements;

(ii) are ineligible for medical assistance, but meet the financial eligibility standards for medical assistance under Subpart 360-4 of this Title;

(iii) have not been denied, or terminated from, RCA under subdivision

(h) of section 373.6 of this Title;

(iv) provide the name of the resettlement agency which resettled them; and

(v) are not full-time students in institutions of higher education, except where such enrollment is approved by the department as part of an individual employability plan.

(2) All recipients of RCA who are not eligible for medical assistance are eligible for RMA. A refugee or entrant may not be required to actually receive or apply for RCA as a condition of eligibility for RMA.

(c) An applicant may be eligible for RCA or RMA under this section only during the eight month period beginning with the first month the refugee or entrant entered the United States. An applicant is not eligible for RCA for any period in which the applicant is receiving a reception and placement grant or matching grant from a refugee resettlement agency. The social services district must determine the amount of financial assistance which a sponsor or resettlement agency has provided to the applicant, and any such assistance, provided in cash or in-kind, will be considered in determining eligibility for and the amount of RCA.

(d) If a recipient of RMA receives increased earnings from employment after eligibility for RMA has been determined, the increased earnings will not affect the recipient's continued RMA eligibility. The RMA recipient will continue to receive RMA until the end of the eight month period beginning with the first month the recipient entered the United States. In cases where the RMA recipient receives private medical coverage, any payment of RMA for that individual must be reduced by the amount of the third party payment.

*(e) A person who is eligible for benefits under the Fish-Wilson program as defined in Part 375 of this Title is not eligible for RCA. * NB Effective until 98/06/27

 

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