[Federal Register Volume 61, Number 31 (Wednesday, February 14, 1996)]
[Pages 5780-5785]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 96-3300]



New and Pending Demonstration Project Proposals Submitted 
Pursuant to Section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act: December 1995 
and January 1996

AGENCY: Administration for Children and Families, HHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: This notice lists new proposals for welfare reform and 
combined welfare reform/Medicaid demonstration projects submitted to 
the Department of Health and Human Services for the months of December, 
1995 and January, 1996. It includes both those proposals being 
considered under the standard waiver process and those being considered 
under the 30 day process. Federal approval for the proposals has been 
requested pursuant to section 1115 of the Social Security Act. This 
notice also lists proposals that were previously submitted and are 
still pending a decision and projects that have been approved since 
December 1, 1995. The Health Care Financing Administration is 
publishing a separate notice for Medicaid only demonstration projects.
    Comments: We will accept written comments on these proposals. We 
will, if feasible, acknowledge receipt of all comments, but we will not 
provide written responses to comments. We will, however, neither 
approve nor disapprove new proposals under the standard application 
process for at least 30 days after the date of this notice to allow 
time to receive and consider comments. Direct comments as indicated 

ADDRESSES: For specific information or questions on the content of a 
project contact the State contact listed for that project.
    Comments on a proposal or requests for copies of a proposal should 
be addressed to: Howard Rolston, Administration for Children and 
Families, 370 L'Enfant Promenade, SW., Aerospace Building, 7th Floor 
West, Washington DC 20447. Fax: (202) 205-3598 Phone: (202) 401-9220.


I. Background

    Under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act (the Act), the 
Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) may approve research and 
demonstration project proposals with a broad range of policy 
    In exercising her discretionary authority, the Secretary has 
developed a number of policies and procedures for reviewing proposals. 
On September 27, 1994, we published a notice in the 

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Federal Register (59 FR 49249) that specified (1) the principles that 
we ordinarily will consider when approving or disapproving 
demonstration projects under the authority in section 1115(a) of the 
Act; (2) the procedures we expect States to use in involving the public 
in the development of proposed demonstration projects under section 
1115; and (3) the procedures we ordinarily will follow in reviewing 
demonstration proposals. We are committed to a thorough and expeditious 
review of State requests to conduct such demonstrations.
    On August 16, 1995, the Secretary published a notice in the Federal 
Register (60 FR 42574) exercising her discretion to request proposals 
testing welfare reform strategies in five areas. Since such projects 
can only incorporate provisions included in that announcement, they are 
not subject to the Federal notice procedures. The Secretary proposed a 
30 day approval process for those provisions. As previously noted, this 
notice lists all new or pending welfare reform demonstration proposals 
under section 1115. Where possible, we have identified the proposals 
being considered under the 30 day process. However, the Secretary 
reserves the right to exercise her discretion to consider any proposal 
under the 30 day process if it meets the criteria in the five specified 
areas and the State requests it or concurs.

II. Listing of New and Pending Proposals for the Months of December, 
1995 and January, 1996

    As part of our procedures, we are publishing a monthly notice in 
the Federal Register of all new and pending proposals. This notice 
contains proposals for the months of December, 1995 and January, 1996.

    Project Title: California--Work Pays Demonstration Project 
    Description: Would amend Work Pays Demonstration Project by adding 
provisions to: reduce benefit levels by 10% (but retaining the need 
level); reduce benefits an additional 15% after 6 months on assistance 
for cases with an able-bodied adult; time-limit assistance to able-
bodied adults to 24 months, and not increase benefits for children 
conceived while receiving AFDC.
    Date Received: 3/14/94.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Glen Brooks, (916) 657-3291.

    Project Title: California--Assistance Payments Demonstration 
Project (Amendment).
    Description: Would amend the Assistance Payments Demonstration 
Project by: exempting certain categories of AFDC families from the 
State's benefit cuts; paying the exempt cases based on grant levels in 
effect in California on November 1, 1992; and renewing the waiver of 
the Medicaid maintenance of effort provision at section 1902(c)(1) of 
the Social Security Act, which was vacated by the Ninth Circuit Court 
of Appeals in its decision in Beno v. Shalala.
    Date Received: 8/26/94.
    Type: Combined AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Bruce Wagstaff, (916) 657-2367.

    Project Title: California--Work Pays Demonstration Project 
    Description: Would amend the Work Pays Demonstration Project by 
adding provisions to not increasing AFDC benefits to families for 
additional children conceived while receiving AFDC.
    Date Received: 11/9/94.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Bruce Wagstaff, (916) 657-2367.
    Project Title: Florida--Family Responsibility Act.
    Description: Statewide, would require dependent children and 
caretaker relatives under age 18 to remain in school; pay half the AFDC 
benefit increment for the first child conceived by an AFDC recipient 
and provide no cash benefits for a second or subsequent child; exclude 
from the AFDC budget child support payments for children subject to the 
family cap; require AFDC recipients not participating in JOBS or 
actively seeking employment to engage in 20 hours per week of community 
employment or work experience.
    Date Received: 10/4/95.
    Type: Combined AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: New.
    Contact Person: Sallie P. Linton, (904) 921-5572.

    Project Title: Georgia--Jobs First Project.
    Description: In ten pilot counties, would replace AFDC payment with 
paid employment; extend transitional Medicaid to 24 months; eliminate 
100 hour employment rule for eligibility determination in AFDC-UP 
    Date Received: 7/5/94.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending (not previously published).
    Contact Person: Nancy Meszaros, (404) 657-3608.

    Project Title: Hawaii--Families Are Better Together.
    Description: Statewide, would eliminate 100-hour, attachment to the 
work force, 30 day unemployment and principal wage earner criteria for 
AFDC-UP families.
    Date Received: 5/22/95.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Patricia Murakami, (808) 586-5230.

    Project Title: Illinois--Six Month Paternity Establishment 
    Description: In 20 counties, would require the establishment of 
paternity, unless good cause exists, within 6 months of application or 
redetermination as a condition of AFDC and Medicaid eligibility for 
both mother and child; would deny Medicaid to children age 7 and under, 
exclude children from filing rules, and exempt Department from making 
protective payments to eligible children, when custodial parent has not 
cooperated in establishing paternity; delegate the establishment of 
paternity in uncontested cases to caseworkers who perform assistance 
payment or social service functions under title IV-A or XX.
    Date Received: 7/18/95.
    TITLE: AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Karan D. Maxson, (217) 785-3300.

    Project Title: Indiana--Impacting Families Welfare Reform 
    Description: Statewide, proposes expansions and amendments to 
current demonstration to impose a lifetime 24-month limit on cash 
assistance and categorical Medicaid eligibility (12 months for resident 
alien); allow 1 month AFDC credit (to a maximum of 24 at any one time) 
for each 6 consecutive months full-time employment; count each month of 
AFDC receipt from another state within the previous 3 years as 1 month 
against the lifetime limit; restrict permissible ``specified 
relatives'' for AFDC children and minor parents; extend AFDC, Medicaid, 
and food stamp fraud disqualification penalties; establish 3 unexcused 
absences per year as the statewide definition of unacceptable school 
attendance; provide a voucher equal to 50% of assistance amount for 
family cap child for goods and services related to child care; divert 
AFDC grants to subsidize child care costs; establish an option for an 
employed AFDC recipient to receive guaranteed child care or an AFDC 
payment equal to the family's benefit before employment; require a 
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the child and the caretaker; establish additional conditions of 
eligibility for AFDC; impose penalties for illegal drug use; base CWEP 
hours on the combined value of AFDC and Medicaid assistance; make JOBS 
volunteers subject to the same sanctions as mandatory participants; 
continue eligibility for AFDC recipients until countable income reaches 
100% of the federal poverty guidelines; expand voluntary quit 
definition and penalties; impose income limits on transitional Medicaid 
and child care and limit each to 12 months in a person's lifetime; with 
some exceptions, deny Medicaid under all coverage provisions to those 
determined ineligible as a result of AFDC welfare reform provisions; 
restrict Medicaid payments made to employees with employer's health 
care benefits to the lesser of the employee's insurance premium or the 
amount the state would otherwise pay; and require minor parents to live 
with a legally responsible adult and count the income and resources of 
non-parent adults.
    Date Received: 12/14/95.
    Type: Combined AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: New.
    Contact Person: James H. Hmurovich, (317) 232-4704.

    Project Title: Kansas--Actively Creating Tomorrow for Families 
    Description: Would, after 30 months of participation in JOBS, make 
adults ineligible for AFDC for 3 years; replace $30 and \1/3\ income 
disregard with continuous 40% disregard; disregard lump sum income and 
income and resources of children in school; count income and resources 
of family members who receive SSI; exempt one vehicle without regard 
for equity value if used to produce income; allow only half AFDC 
benefit increase for births of a second child to families where the 
parent is not working and eliminate increase for the birth of any child 
if families already have at least two children; eliminate 100-hour rule 
and work history requirements for UP cases; expand AFDC eligibility to 
pregnant women in 1st and 2nd trimesters; extend Medicaid transitional 
benefits to 24 months; eliminate various JOBS requirements, including 
those related to target groups, participation rate of UP cases and the 
20-hour work requirement limit for parents with children under 6; 
require school attendance; require minors in AFDC and NPA Food Stamps 
cases to live with a guardian; make work requirements and penalties in 
the AFDC and Food Stamp programs more uniform; and increase sanctions 
for not cooperating with child support enforcement activities.
    Date Received: 7/26/94.
    Type: Combined AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Faith Spencer, (913) 296-0775.

    Project Title: Louisiana--Individual Responsibility Project.
    Description: Statewide, would limit AFDC benefits to 24 months out 
of a 60 month period for able-bodied recipients with extensions where 
the individual has been actively seeking employment, where job 
availability is unfavorable, where the individual loses a job for 
factors unrelated to his job performance, or where the individual 
requires up to one year to complete employment related education or 
training; require each child to attend school and be immunized or the 
child will be removed from the budget group; and applies a full family 
sanction where the parent has declined or refused an opportunity for 
full-time employment, without good cause.
    Date Received: 9/22/95.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Sammy Guillory, (504) 342-4089.

    Project Title: Maine--Welfare to Work Program.
    Description: Statewide, would require caretaker relatives to sign a 
family contract; require participation in parenting classes and health 
care services; provide one-time vendor payments in lieu of AFDC for the 
purpose of obtaining/retaining employment; provide voucher payments to 
both married and unmarried minor parents; limit JOBS exemptions; expand 
eligibility for Transitional Medicaid and Child Care and replace 
sliding-scale fees with flat-rate fees; reduce Transitional Medicaid 
reporting requirements; disregard entire value of one vehicle; and 
apply any federal savings to the JOBS program services. In selected 
sites, implement ASPIRE-Plus, a subsidized employment program, would 
cash out food stamps, divert AFDC benefits and pass through all child 
support collected to families who participate in ASPIRE-Plus.
    Date Received: 9/20/95.
    Type: AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Susan Dustin, (207) 287-3104.

    Project Title: Mississippi--A New Direction Demonstration Program--
    Description: Requests amendments to the Work First Component 
(operating in Adams, Harrison, Hinds, Jones, Lee and Washington 
counties) of the Mississippi New Direction Demonstration Project which 
would: provide transitional Medicaid and child care to AFDC families 
even if they have not received AFDC for at least three months; and 
permit JOBS sanctions to be imposed for exempt clients that volunteer 
for JOBS and then drop out without good cause.
    Date Received: 11/20/95.
    Type: Combined AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Larry Temple, (601) 359-4476.

    Project Title: New Hampshire--Earned Income Disregard Demonstration 
    Description: AFDC applicants and recipients would have the first 
$200 plus \1/2\ the remaining earned income disregarded.
    Date Received: 9/20/93.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Avis L. Crane, (603) 271-4255.

    Project Title: New Hampshire--New Hampshire Employment Program and 
Family Assistance Program.
    Description: Statewide, would replace AFDC with Employment Program 
administered by both Employment Security Agency and Family Assistance 
Program; require job search and other employment-related activities for 
first 26 weeks of receipt followed by work-related activities for 26 
weeks; eliminate JOBS target group funding requirement and change JOBS 
reporting requirements; require recipients attending post-secondary or 
part-time vocational training to participate in work-related 
activities; eliminate JOBS services priority for volunteers; establish 
limits for provision of transportation and other JOBS services based on 
activity and local conditions; eliminate remoteness as exemption from 
JOBS; require non-custodial parents to participate in JOBS; increase 
earned income disregard to 50%; eliminate AFDC-UP eligibility 
requirements; allow transitional case management for up to one year; 
raise resource limit to $2,000 and exclude one vehicle and life 
insurance policies; pass through child support directly to family; take 
SSI income into account in determining eligibility/payment; eliminate 
conciliation and apply JOBS sanction of 50% of AFDC benefits for three 
months followed by no payment for three months, allowing option to 
increase initial sanction up to 100%; exempt pregnant women from JOBS 
only during third trimester; for minor parents cases, include in 
assistance unit any parent or sibling living in the home; eliminate 
gross income test; disregard educational grants; allow emergency 
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families with employment-related barriers; allow State to eliminate the 
certificate option for child care and development block grant funds and 
use of these funds for capital improvement; eliminate ceiling on At 
Risk Child Care funds; provide that FFP for AFDC not be reduced during 
life of demonstration; fund computer system modifications at 80% FFP; 
require pregnant recipients to cooperate with child support; require 
that AFDC apply for Medicaid as a unit and not individually; eliminate 
requirement of receipt of AFDC for 3 of last 6 months in order to 
receive transitional Medicaid; and allow State to require that some 
individuals be assigned to a managed care program; substitute outcome 
measures for JOBS participation rates; change participation 
requirements for parents with children under 6, UP recipients and 
minors; establish a medical deduction; increase the sanction for non-
cooperation with child support; exempt individuals with significant 
employment barriers from JOBS; treat lump sum income and all real 
property, except a home, as a resource; and use 20% of gross earned 
income as a Medicaid disregard. Also contains various Food Stamp 
    Date Received: 9/18/95.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Marianne Broshek, (603) 271-4442.

    Project Title: New Hampshire--New Hampshire Employment Program.
    Description: In three pilot sites, would require work after 6 
months of AFDC receipt; eliminate the exemption from JOBS for women in 
the second trimester of pregnancy; eliminate the JOBS exemption for 
caretaker of a child under 3 but not less than 1 year of age; replace 
the earned income disregard of $90 and $30 and \1/3\ with a 50% 
disregard which is not time-limited; raise the resource limit for 
recipients to $2,000; disregard full value of one vehicle per adult for 
applicants and recipients; apply a full family sanction voluntarily 
quitting a job or refusing to accept a job; apply a sanction of 
reducing the payment standard by 30% for one month for failure to 
comply with JOBS in the first instance, by 60% in the second instance 
for one month, and in the third instance apply a full-family sanction 
for three months or until compliance; and require non-custodial parents 
to participate in JOBS.
    Date Received: 10/6/95.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Marianne Broshek, (603) 271-4442.

    Project Title: North Carolina--Work First Program.
    Description: Statewide would eliminate increase in AFDC benefits 
resulting from a birth of a child, limit JOBS exemptions, require a 
self-sufficiency contract, and limit AFDC receipt to 24 cumulative 
months. Families who reach the time limit could not reapply for 3 
years. The contract would require: cooperation with child support; 
child immunizations and medical check-ups; school attendance; and that 
teen parents live with a parent/adult and graduate from high school. 
Failure to sign the contract would result in denial of the AFDC 
application. Failure to comply would result in the loss of the adult's 
AFDC benefits and (starting with the second sanction) Medicaid coverage 
for a minimum of: 3 months for the first sanction, 3 months for the 
second, 6 months for the third, and 3 years for the fourth. The State 
would offer new applicants a one-time payment in lieu of AFDC; expand 
AFDC-UP eligibility; raise the resource limit to $3,000 and the vehicle 
asset limit to $5,000 for AFDC and Food Stamps; and provide for 
automatic food stamps eligibility for AFDC-eligible families.
    Date Received: 9/20/95.
    Type: AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Kevin Fitzgerald, (919) 733-3055.

    Project Title: North Carolina--Cabarrus County Work Over Welfare 
Demonstration Project.
    Description: In Cabarrus County, would require AFDC and Food Stamps 
applicants and recipients, with exemptions, to sign an agreement to 
participate in employment and training for up to 40 hours per week; 
would divert AFDC and Food Stamps benefits to private employers to 
supplement wages; and would disregard those wages for AFDC, Food 
Stamps, and Medicaid eligibility (for NPA participants). Also, would 
extend the $30 and \1/3\ disregard to 2 years for unsubsidized 
earnings. Individuals who do not comply would be denied AFDC, Food 
Stamps, and Medicaid (unless pregnant) according to the following 
schedule: first, until compliance; second: for a minimum of 4 months; 
and third and subsequently: for a minimum of 8 months. Adults who do 
not sign an agreement would be denied AFDC, Food Stamps, and Medicaid 
(unless pregnant) until they sign.
    Date Received: 10/5/95.
    Type: AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Kevin Fitzgerald, (919) 733-3055.

    Project Title: Ohio--Ohio First.
    Description: Statewide, would replace current earned income 
disregards with $250 and \1/2\ for twelve months for recipients; 
eliminate the work history requirement for married parents in AFDC-UP 
cases; eliminate 100-hour rule for AFDC-UP; disregard of stepparent 
income for four months; increase the vehicle asset limit; use 
established vacancies for subsidized employment slots; require 
applicant job search as a condition of family eligibility; maintain 
food stamp benefit levels when the AFDC benefit is reduced as a result 
of sanction; impose progressive sanctions for noncompliance with JOBS 
leading to whole family sanctions; establish that failure to comply 
with JOBS equates to failure to comply with work program requirements 
under the Food Stamp Program; limit AFDC eligibility to 36 months out 
of any 60 month period, unless exempt; allow the IV-D agency to 
determine good cause for noncooperation with Child Support Enforcement; 
change penalty for failure to cooperate with Child Support provisions 
to include a whole family sanction if the failure continues for two 
years; change penalty for fraud to include ineligibility for all 
assistance unit members until payments received fraudulently have been 
repaid; require development and signing of a self-sufficiency contract 
as a condition of eligibility for the assistance unit; require pregnant 
women receiving Medicaid to participate in substance abuse screening as 
part of prenatal care; implement sanctions for failure to cooperate 
with substance abuse screening leading to whole family sanctions.
    Date Received: 10/27/95.
    Type: AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Joel Rabb, (614) 466-3196.

    Project Title: Oklahoma--Welfare Self-Sufficiency Initiative.
    Description: In four pilots conducted in five counties each, would 
(1) extend transitional child care to up to 24 months; (2) require that 
all children through age 18 be immunized and require that responsible 
adults with preschool age children participate in parent education or 
enroll the children in Head Start or other preschool program; (3) not 
increase AFDC benefits after birth of additional children, but provide 
voucher payment for the increment of cash benefits that would have been 
received until the child is two years old; and (4) pay lesser of AFDC 
benefit or previous state of residence or Oklahoma's for 12 months for 
new residents. 

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    Date Received: 10/27/95.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Raymond Haddock, (405) 521-3076.

    Project Title: Oregon--Oregon Option.
    Description: As a statewide project, would incorporate waivers 
already approved in 1992 for JOBS Welfare Program and in 1994 for the 
JOBS Plus Demonstration with previously pending waiver requests to 
increase vehicle asset limit and extend transitional child care. 
Requests guaranteed level of federal funding, with funds not used for 
benefits to be used for other community support or prevention programs. 
Also would, with some exceptions, limit receipt of AFDC benefits to no 
more than 24 out of 84 months for families with employable parents; 
allow case manager to determine JOBS exemptions on an individual basis; 
eliminate the time restrictions on job search; impose progressive 
sanctions, leading to full-family ineligibility, for non-compliance 
with JOBS; require ineligible alien parents of AFDC children to 
participate in JOBS; require counseling for recipients with substance 
abuse problems; require teen parents to live in an adult-supervised 
setting; discontinue the AFDC-UP program from June through September 
each year and eliminate the 100-hour rule and work history 
requirements; increase asset limit to $2,500 for non-JOBS participants 
and $10,000 for JOBS participants, and treat lump-sum payments as an 
asset; require annual AFDC eligibility redeterminations; modify the 
rules for potential liability under Electronic Benefit Transfer.
    Date Received: 7/10/95.
    Type: AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Jim Neely, (503) 945-5607.

    Project Title: Oregon--Expansion of the Transitional Child Care 
    Description: Provide transitional child care benefits without 
regard to months of prior receipt of AFDC and provide benefits for 24 
    Date Received: 8/8/94.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Jim Neely, (503) 945-5607.

    Project Title: Oregon--Increased AFDC Motor Vehicle Limit.
    Description: Would increase automobile asset limit to $9000.
    Date Received: 11/12/93.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Jim Neely, (503) 945-5607.

    Project Title: Pennsylvania--School Attendance Improvement Program.
    Description: In 7 sites, would require school attendance as 
condition of eligibility..
    Date Received: 9/12/94.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Patricia H. O'Neal, (717) 787-4081.

    Project Title: Pennsylvania--Savings for Education Program.
    Description: Statewide, would exempt as resources college savings 
bonds and funds in savings accounts earmarked for vocational or 
secondary education and disregard interest income earned from such 
    Date Received: 12/29/94.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Patricia H. O'Neal, (717) 787-4081.

    Project Title: South Carolina--Family Independence Program.
    Description: Statewide, would, with exceptions, time limit AFDC 
benefits to families with able bodied adults to 24 months out of 120 
months, not to exceed 60 months in a lifetime; eliminate increase in 
AFDC benefit resulting from birth of children 10 or more months after 
the family begins AFDC receipt, but provide benefits to such children 
in the form of vouchers for goods and services permitting child's 
mother to participate in education, training, and employment-related 
activities; eliminate deprivation requirements, principal earner 
provisions, work history requirements, and 100-hour rule for AFDC-UP; 
increase AFDC resource limit to $2,500 and disregard as resources one 
vehicle with a market value up to $10,000, the balance in an Individual 
Development Account (IDA) up to $10,000, and the cash value of life 
insurance; disregard from income up to $10,000 in lump sum payments 
deposited in an IDA within 30 days of receipt, earned income of 
children attending school, and interest and dividend income up to $400; 
require participation in a family skills training program; require 
certain AFDC recipients to submit to random drug tests and/or 
participate in alcohol or drug treatment; require children to attend 
school; increase amount of child support passed through to AFDC 
recipients; require more extensive information for child support 
enforcement purposes; modify JOBS exemptions and good cause criteria, 
and increase sanctions for non-compliance; make job search a condition 
of eligibility; allow non-custodial parents of AFDC children to 
participate in JOBS; pay transitional grant equaling 3 percent of the 
maximum family grant following employment; and provide transitional 
grant Medicaid and child care for 12 months from the date of employment 
for cases previously closed due to time limit.
    Date Received: 6/12/95.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Linda Martin (804) 737-6010.

    Project Title: Texas--Achieving Change for Texans.
    Description: Statewide, would implement requirement for a personal 
responsibility agreement which addresses issues such as child support 
cooperation, early medical screening for children, work requirements, 
drug and alcohol abuse, school attendance, and parenting skills 
training; would limit the caretaker exemption from employment services, 
disregard the earned income and resources from earnings of a child, set 
resource limits which promote independence from AFDC, eliminate work 
history and 100-hour rules for otherwise eligible two-parent families. 
In Bexar County would time-limit AFDC benefits to 12, 24, and 36 months 
depending on education and job experience, with extensions of the time-
limit based on severe personal hardship, or in cases where the State 
could not provide supportive services, or the where the local economy 
was in such state that the recipient could not reasonably be expected 
to find employment, if State funds are available to continue 
assistance. Transitional Medicaid and child care services would be 
provided to individuals who exhaust their time-limited cash benefits. 
In two metropolitan statistical areas establish Individual Development 
Accounts to promote the transition to independence from AFDC, through 
allowable account deductions for education, business start-up costs and 
the like. In Fort Bend County would allow at recipient option, one-time 
AFDC cash emergency assistance payments of $1,000 in lieu of ongoing 
regular AFDC payments with prohibition from applying for regular AFDC 
for a period of 12 months from date of receipt. In Dallas-Fort Worth 
would require electronic imaging (fingerprinting combined with 
photographic identification).
    Date Received: 10/6/95.
    TItle: AFDC/Medicaid.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Kent Gummerman, (512) 438-3743.

    Project Title: Utah--Untitled.
    Description: Statewide, would exclude the value of a vehicle for 

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recipient families, including those also receiving Food Stamps. Would 
not apply to initial eligibility determination.
    Date Received: 10/3/95.
    Type: AFDC.
    Current Status: Pending.
    Contact Person: Bill Biggs, (801) 538-4337.

III. Listing of Approved Proposals Since December 1, 1995

    Project Title: California--School Attendance Demonstration Project.
    Contact Person: Bruce Wagstaff, (916) 657-2367.

    Project Title: Connecticut--Reach for Jobs First (a modification of 
previously approved Fair Chance Demonstration).
    Contact Person: Nancy Wiggett, (203) 424-5329.

IV. Requests for Copies of a Proposal

    Requests for copies of an AFDC or combined AFDC/Medicaid proposal 
should be directed to the Administration for Children and Families 
(ACF) at the address listed above. Questions concerning the content of 
a proposal should be directed to the State contact listed for the 

(Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Program, No. 93562; 
Assistance Payments--Research)

    Dated: February 7, 1996.
Karl Koerper,
Director, Division of Economic Independence, Office of Planning, 
Research and Evaluation.
[FR Doc. 96-3300 Filed 2-13-96; 8:45 am]