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ABAWD and Changes

ABAWD imposes additional reporting requirements on SNAP recipients meeting work requirements.  When a household stops meeting the work requirements, the household must report their changed situation.  The client has until the 10th of the month following the change occurs to timely report a change. 

When the household reports a change (timely or not), you must review the previous ABAWD coding, determine whether the client's ABAWD history is accurately recorded, and decide if the client continues to qualify for SNAP benefits.   

To review and update ABAWD coding, use the ABWI and ABWU IMS transactions.  The ABWI IMS transaction allows you to review the client's ABAWD history, and the ABWU transaction allows you to update it.  If you find inaccurate coding in the client's ABAWD history, correct it. 

Note: The SNAP reporting rules do not require an ABAWD exempt person to report when they lose an exemption.  Policy does require you to review a person's ABAWD history and recode their history if it is inaccurate. 

When determining if a person should receive additional SNAP benefits, consider whether the person now qualifies for an ABAWD exemption, meets work requirements, possesses any unused "K months," or earned any "Y months."  If the person exhausts their ABAWD eligibility, remove them from the SNAP benefit allowing appropriate notice, or if they are the only household member, close the SNAP benefit.

​Help!!!  How do I find the ABWI and ABWU screens???  Both ABWI and ABWU are accessible from a blank IMS screen.  For ABWI:
  1. Type "ABWI" <Space bar> then the client's Social Security number.
  2. Hit <Enter>.
For ABWU:
  1. Type "ABWU" <Space bar> then the client's Social Security number.
  2. Hit <Enter>.
  3. Tab to the Month and Year that needs correction.
  4. Type the correct ABAWD exemption or status type.
  5. Press <Enter>. 
  6. Review ABWI to ensure the ABAWD history is now accurately recorded.
Quest also provides two articles covering these screens.  The first explains the information displayed on the ABWI screen, and the second walks you through how an example case looks through an initial certification and a change to the ABAWD history.
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