N.J.S.A 44:10-61. Benefits not to increase due to birth of child; exceptions

44:10-61. Benefits not to increase due to birth of child; exceptions

7. a. The level of cash assistance benefits payable to an assistance unit with dependent children shall not increase as a result of the birth of a child during the period in which the assistance unit is eligible for benefits, or during a temporary period in which the assistance unit is ineligible for benefits pursuant to a penalty imposed by the commissioner for failure to comply with benefit eligibility requirements, subsequent to which the assistance unit is again eligible for benefitS.

b. The provisions of subsection a. of this section shall not apply to medical assistance, pursuant to P.L.1968, C. 413 (C. 30:4D-1. Short title et seq.), or food stamp benefits, pursuant to the federal “Food Stamp Act of 1977,” Pub.L.95-113 (7 U.S.C. S.2011 et seq.), provided to an assistance unit.

C. In the case of an assistance unit with dependent children in which the adult or minor parent recipient gives birth to an additional child during the period in which the assistance unit is eligible for benefits, or during a temporary penalty period of ineligibility for benefits subsequent to which the assistance unit again becomes eligible for benefits, the commissioner shall provide that in computing the amount of cash assistance benefits to be granted to the assistance unit, the following shall be deducted from the monthly earned income of each employed person in the assistance unit:

those earned income disregards provided for under section 4 of Phamplet Law 1997, Chapter 13 (C. 44:10-37 Certain income disregarded in computing benefit.); and after application of the earned income disregards, the total countable income shall be compared for eligibility purposes and subtracted for cash assistance benefit calculation purposes from the eligibility standard for the assistance unit size, adjusted to include any person for whom cash assistance has not been received due to the application of the provisions of subsection a. of this section .

d. Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection a. of this section to the contrary, a person receiving AFDC benefits on the effective date of this act whose AFDC benefits were limited pursuant to P.L.1991, C. 526 (C. 44:10-3.5 et seq.) shall continue to be subject to the same limitation as a recipient of Work First New Jersey benefits, in accordance with regulations adopted by the commissioner.

e. The provisions of this section shall not apply to an individual in an assistance unit with dependent children who gives birth to a child fewer than 10 months after applying for and receiving cash assistance benefitS.

f. The provisions of this section shall not apply to the birth of a child that occurs as a result of rape or incest.

L.1997,C. 38,S.7.

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