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317:35-6-37. Financial eligibility of categorically needy individuals related to aid to families with dependent children (AFDC), pregnancy-related services, parent/caretaker relatives, families with children, and expansion adults

Revised 7-1-21

        Individuals whose income is less than the SoonerCare income guidelines for the applicable eligibility group are financially eligible for SoonerCare.

(1) Categorically related to pregnancy-related services.  For an individual related to pregnancy-related services to be financially eligible, the countable income must be less than the appropriate standard according to the family size on the SoonerCare income guidelines. In determining the household size, the pregnant woman and her unborn child(ren) are included.

(2) Categorically related to the children and parent/caretaker relative groups.

(A) Parent/caretaker relative group.  For the individual in the parent/caretaker relative group to be considered categorically needy, the SoonerCare income guidelines must be used.

(i) Individuals age nineteen (19) years or older, other than pregnant women, are determined categorically needy if countable income is equal to or less  than the categorically needy standard, according to the family size.

(ii) All individuals under nineteen (19) years of age are determined categorically needy if countable income is equal to or less than the categorically needy standard, according to the size of the family.

(B) Families with children.  Individuals who meet financial eligibility criteria for the children and parent/caretaker relative groups are:

(i) All persons included in an active TANF case.

(ii) Individuals related to the children or parent/caretaker relative groups whose countable income is within the current appropriate income standard, but who do not receive TANF assistance.

(iii) All persons in a TANF case in work supplementation status who meet TANF eligibility conditions other than earned income.

(iv) Those individuals who continue to be eligible for Medicaid in a TANF case after they become ineligible for a TANF payment. These individuals will continue to be considered categorically needy if the TANF case was closed due to child or spousal support, the loss or reduction of earned income exemption by any member of the assistance unit, or the new or increased earnings of the parent/caretaker relative.

(3) Expansion adults. Individuals who meet financial eligibility criteria for expansion adults are established and defined by 42 C.F.R. 435.119 and by the Oklahoma Medicaid State Plan.