The Effective Date for increased benefits
During the eligibility period, changes that increase benefits become effective based on whether the household reports the change timely or not.
When the household reports a change timely (within 10 calendar days of the change occurring), you and the client work together to determine when the change becomes effective based on the household’s new situation.
For example, when the household timely reports that their income decreased or need increased in the previous month you may need to correct the number of units or copayment for the previous month. Use an EBT-4 to make this correction.
When the reported change is in the current or future month, adjust the benefit to reflect the household’s new circumstances. An EBT-4 is only necessary when the EBT-4 deadline date has passed.
When the household fails to report timely, the earliest a change becomes effective is the 1st day of the month in which the client reports the change.
There are several exceptions to these rules. The Handbook deals with the exceptions here.
A change becomes effective based on the date you enter in the FACS Effective Date field (E5). After updating FACS based on the household’s changed circumstances, update the Effective Date to reflect the household’s situation. For ongoing eligibility, you can update the effective date to the 1st of the current month. If the household has reported a change timely, you may need to update the household’s eligibility for an earlier date. Use an EBT-4 to ensure the client receives what he or she should.