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Alabama 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Alaska 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Arizona 2014/01/01 2016/08/05 Yes The participant parent is subject to a family benefit cap period of 60 months beginning the date that cash assistance starts. Any child born during this 60-month period is a benefit capped child. The 60-month period continues even if the participant parent discontinues receiving assistance prior to the end of the 60-month benefit cap period; however, children conceived after 12 months of non-receipt are not capped. A new 60-month benefit cap period begins each time the recipient parent resumes cash assistance. The child will be included in the Standard of Need and will be considered a TANF recipient for other purposes, including Medicaid eligibility. The child will not be eligible for support services but are potentially eligible for transitional child care. The family cap policy applies to children adopted by the unit as well.
Arkansas 2014/01/01 Ongoing Yes
California 2014/01/01 2015/12/31 Yes
Colorado 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Connecticut 2014/01/01 Ongoing Yes See Additional Notes variable for additional information regarding the benefit calculation for units affected by a family cap. For benefit calculation: For families subject to the time limit, $50 is added to Dollar Amount 2 for each child subject to the family cap.
Delaware 2014/01/01 Ongoing Yes Babies denied cash assistance are eligible for Food Stamps, Medicaid and child care. Non-cash assistance services in the form of vouchers may be provided upon request for babies born to minor parents after 12/31/98, but will not be automatically given each month. A monthly voucher may be no more than $69, though multi-month vouchers can be issued up to $207. Receipt is based on need. Assistance is paid through a protective payee to the minor parent's parent or the adult in the supervised living arrangement.
D.C. 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Florida 2014/01/01 Ongoing Yes
Georgia 2014/01/01 Ongoing Yes Capped child is still eligible for Food Stamps and Medicaid The birth of an additional child in the assistance unit is subject to the Family Cap rules only if it has received cash assistance in Georgia.
Hawaii 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Idaho 2014/01/01 Ongoing No Idaho does have an implicit family cap since no matter what size the family is, the maximum benefit they can receive is $309.
Illinois 2014/01/01 Ongoing No The state removed the family cap policy; children born after 1/1/04 are not subject to the family cap. All children born between 1/1/96 and 1/1/04 who have been capped will continue to be subject to the cap until they meet one of the conditions necessary to lift the cap.
Indiana 2014/01/01 2017/02/28 Yes
Iowa 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Kansas 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Kentucky 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Louisiana 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Maine 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Maryland 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Massachusetts 2014/01/01 2019/05/01 Yes The family cap does not apply when a client (who is not subject to a cap already) makes an application for a child who is not his or her natural or adoptive child.
Michigan 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Minnesota 2014/01/01 2014/12/31 Yes The family cap only applies to the cash assistance portion of MFIP that the additional child would get. The child will still be eligible for the food portion of MFIP.
Mississippi 2014/01/01 2015/12/31 Yes
Missouri 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Montana 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Nebraska 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Nevada 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
New Hampshire 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
New Jersey 2014/01/01 2018/06/30 Yes Units in which at least one adult member of the unit is working (any number of hours) are not subject to the family cap. Households subject to the family cap are categorically eligible for food stamp benefits.
New Mexico 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
New York 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
North Carolina 2014/01/01 Ongoing Yes
North Dakota 2014/01/01 Ongoing Yes A capped child is no longer considered a capped child if the case in which the child is a capped child closes and remains closed for 12 continuous months. The 12 continuous month period is calculated based on months benefits were issued to the household or the household was otherwise deemed eligible. A child subject to the benefit cap provision will not be referred to the Child Support Enforcement Agency. Children conceived while unit was receiving diversion benefits on or after October 1, 2008 are not subject to the family cap. Diversion benefits received on or after October 1, 2008 no longer count in the determination of the 12 month period of non-receipt for M3.
Ohio 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Oklahoma 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Oregon 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Pennsylvania 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Rhode Island 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
South Carolina 2014/01/01 Ongoing Yes If the benefit group received benefits in another state in month zero, the child is not a family cap child.
South Dakota 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Tennessee 2014/01/01 Ongoing Yes Family Cap is also applied to a child born during a period of ineligibility, but within 10 months of reapplication when: (1) the woman becomes pregnant while on aid, (2) the AU was closed prior to birth and the child was born more than 10 months after the previous application date, (3) the AU reapplies within 10 months of the previous closure and (4) the reason for the closure was a non-cooperation with TANF policies.
Texas 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Utah 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Vermont 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Virginia 2014/01/01 2020/06/30 Yes A parent who gives birth with a family cap in place is eligible for a six-week exemption from activity requirements.
Washington 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
West Virginia 2014/01/01 Ongoing No
Wisconsin 2014/01/01 Ongoing No WI provides a flat benefit regardless of family size.
Wyoming 2014/01/01 Ongoing No

For each row in the results table, all of the policies in the record were in place from at least 'Date Policy Begins' to at least 'Date Policy Ends'. For example, if 'Date Policy Begins' is 2012/01/01 and 'Date Policy Ends' is 2012/10/01, the policies in that row were all in effect from at least January 1, 2012 through October 1, 2012. Every row comes from a different 'record' in the database, and a new record is coded whenever any of the policies in that category changes. If the policy that changed is not a policy being examined in a particular query, the results may show two rows for the same state that have identical information other than different (and adjacent) date ranges.

State Indicates the state in which the rules apply.
Date Policy Begins Indicates the date on which the policies begin.
Date Policy Ends Indicates the date on which the policies end.
Coverage Indicates whether the rules apply to a portion of or the entire caseload and captures whether the rules apply to only some counties/regions or the entire state.
Coverage Description Describes the geographic area and/or percentage of the caseload covered by the rules.
Unit Type Describes the type(s) of assistance units to whom the rules apply.
Component Indicates the name of the component for which the given rules apply. Assistance units are divided into components based on the unit's characteristics.
Waiver Name Indicates the waiver name, if the rules are authorized under a waiver.
Program Captures the source of funding for the given rules.
Majority Rule Indicates whether the rules are in effect for a majority of the caseload for a majority of the year. There is only one majority rule record for a given state, year and category.
fc_exist Indicates whether or not the state has a family cap provision.

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