Amends section 346-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by adding definitions of "work eligible household" and "other work eligible household" and repealing the definition of "exempt household" to be consistent with recent changes in federal regulations. Also amends section 346-53(a), Hawaii Revised Statutes, to be consistent with the new definitions. (HB1096 HD1)
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TWENTY-FIFTH LEGISLATURE, 2009
STATE OF HAWAII
A BILL FOR AN ACT
RELATING TO PUBLIC ASSISTANCE.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF HAWAII:
SECTION 1. Section 346-1, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended as follows:
1. By adding three new definitions to be appropriately inserted and to read as follows:
""Non-work eligible household" means a household in which all the adult members are receiving assistance under the temporary assistance for needy families program, or are non-recipient parents who are:
(1) Parents of a household member who also provides care for a disabled family member living in the home; provided that the need for such care is supported by medical documentation. Only one parent in a household may claim this status;
(2) Single custodial parents personally providing care for the parents' child under twelve months of age for a lifetime limit of twelve months;
(3) Non-needy caretakers; or
(4) Recipients of Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance as defined in Title 42 United States Code Sections 1381-1383.
"Other work eligible household" means a household in which there is no work eligible individual and at least one adult member is an adult receiving assistance under the temporary assistance for needy families program, or a non-recipient parent, who is:
(1) Unable to engage in full-time employment as defined by the work participation requirements of the Social Security Act, Title 42 United States Code Section 607, at a job for which he or she is equipped by education, training, or experience, for a period of more than thirty days from the onset of an illness, incapacity, or disability due to a physical or mental impairment or substance abuse, as determined by a licensed physician or psychologist;
(2) A domestic violence victim or any other adult in the assistance unit who meets the criteria established by the department of human services; or
(3) An adult sixty-five years of age or older.
"Work eligible household" means a household in which at least one member is an adult receiving assistance under the temporary assistance for needy families program, or a non-recipient parent, who is not a non-work eligible individual or an other work eligible individual."
2. By repealing the definition of "exempt household."
"Exempt household" means a
household in which all adult members or the minor parent who is head of a
household, are exempt for one or more of the following reasons: (1) Ill,
incapacitated, or disabled, as determined by the department on the basis of
medical or other competent evidence; (2) Sixty
years of age or older; (3) Needed
in the household, as determined by the department, to care for another
household member who is ill, incapacitated, or disabled; (4) In a
one adult household, the parent or other relative of a child who is not of
school age and is personally providing care for the child, unless child care is
provided by the department under this part; (5) Non-needy; or (6) A
single parent responsible for the care and custody of a child under the age of
SECTION 2. Section 346-53, Hawaii Revised Statutes, is amended by amending subsection (a) to read as follows:
"(a) This subsection does not apply to general assistance households without minor dependents. The standard of need shall equal the poverty level established by the federal government in 2006, prorated over a twelve-month period based on family size.
allowance provided shall be based on a percentage of the standard of need. For
exempt households] other work eligible households and non-work
eligible households and households in which all caretaker relatives are
minors, living independently with minor dependents and attending school, the
assistance allowance shall be set no higher than sixty-two and one-half per
cent and no lower than forty-four per cent of the standard of need. For all
other households, the assistance allowance shall be set no higher than
sixty-two and one-half per cent of the standard of need and set no lower than
thirty-four per cent of the standard of need. The standard of need shall be
determined by dividing the 2006 federal poverty level by twelve and rounding
down the quotient. The remaining quotient shall be multiplied by the per cent
as set by the director by rules pursuant to chapter 91, and the final product
shall be rounded down to determine the assistance allowance; provided that:
(1) The department may
increase or reduce the assistance allowance as determined in this subsection
non-exempt households] work eligible households for the
purpose of providing work incentives or services under part XI;
(2) No reduction shall be allowed that jeopardizes eligibility for or receipt of federal funds;
(3) Reductions in the assistance allowance shall be limited to no more than one per year; and
(4) No [
household,] work eligible household, which includes an adult who has
received sixty cumulative months of temporary assistance to needy families with
minor dependents, shall be eligible for an assistance allowance, unless
authorized by federal regulations."
SECTION 3. Statutory material to be repealed is bracketed and stricken. New statutory material is underscored.
SECTION 4. This Act shall take effect on January 1, 2050.