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August 1, 2013 - July 31, 2014
Summary of Key Issues
As required by the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, each state must submit a TANF state plan to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). State Plans may be amended at any time. The updated State Plan will be submitted to DHHS in December 2014.
The following questions and answers highlight changes that have been made to Pennsylvania’s TANF program:
|What are the major changes in the new State Plan? |
|Pennsylvania’s State Plan includes these changes: |
Removal of Annual and Lifetime Limits for Contractor Referrals
As of March 2014, the annual and lifetime contractor referral limits were lifted from all Employment and Training (E&T) programs. To ensure that cash recipients engage in work and move themselves and their families off of cash assistance, E&T programs need to be kept available to help assist these individuals.
Changes to RESET Sanction Policy
Effective July 1, 2012, when a cash assistance recipient, mandatory for the Road to Economic Self-Sufficiency through Employment and Training (RESET), is determined to be willfully non-compliant with one or more RESET requirements, a sanction will be imposed as a first, second, or third-level sanction. No pre or post designation will be applied regardless of how long the recipient or budget group has received cash assistance. Sanctions do not apply to cash assistance recipients who meet good cause criteria or an exemption.
Updates to Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) Transactions Policy
Section 4004 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 requires states to implement policies and procedures to prevent the use of TANF funds through electronic benefits transfers in liquor stores, casinos and adult-oriented entertainment establishments in which performers disrobe or perform in an unclothed state for entertainment. This act also requires states to establish policies which ensure recipients of assistance have access to using or withdrawing assistance with minimal fees or charges, including an opportunity to access assistance with no fees or charges; and are provided information on applicable fees and surcharges that apply to electronic fund transactions involving the assistance; and that such information is made publicly available.
|How do I comment |
on the TANF State Plan?
|DPW invites public comment on all aspects of the TANF State Plan. Comments may be sent to: |
Mr. Matthew J. McLees
The entire TANF State Plan may be viewed here.