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ISSUE DATE: 12/2016

Social Security Administration (SSA) determinations and benefits may be verified with the State Verification and Exchange System (SVES) interface between MAXIS and SSA. See TEMP Manual TE02.12.13 (SVES TPQY Interface) for more information on this interface.


See 0010.18.05 (Verifying Disability/Incapacity - Cash).


There are 3 types of disability categories. Accept verification of a more restrictive disability category to verify disability for a less restrictive category. The 3 categories and verification types, listed from the most to the least restrictive, are:


Receipt of disability benefits. (These clients may be eligible for: separate unit status if they purchase and prepare meals separately; exemptions from the gross income guidelines; medical deductions; and unlimited shelter deductions.) See 0014.03 (Determining the Assistance Unit). The benefits that verify disability are:

Approval to receive SSI based on disability.

Approval for SSI presumptive disability payments or SSI emergency advance payments.

Approval to receive MA based on disability.

Approval to receive MSA based on disability.

Approval to receive GA Interim Assistance if the criteria used to determine the disability is at least as stringent as those used under Title XVI of the Social Security Act. A disability determination by the State Medical Review Team (SMRT) meets the criteria for GA Interim Assistance and MA.

Approval to receive RSDI based on the person's disability.

Certification to receive VA benefits based on disability if:


The VA office writes a statement or client provides an award letter indicating the person is rated as totally disabled, is paid at the totally disabled rate, or is identified as receiving Veteran’s Disability benefits based on the determination of Individual Unemployability and is totally and permanently disabled.



The person has a disability listed in 0012.15.03 (Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE) List). Obtain a doctor's statement.



The VA considers the person to be in need of regular aid and attendance or to be permanently housebound.

Certification for receipt of Railroad Retirement disability from the Railroad Retirement Board if the person receives Medicare.

Receipt of disability retirement benefits from a government agency or private sources of disability benefits.

Worker’s Compensation. The client provides a statement or an award letter from the Worker’s Compensation insurance company that the Worker’s Compensation benefits are based on Temporary Total or Permanent Total Disability, when the Worker’s Compensation injury began, and end date for Temporary Total disability.


Additional acceptable verification of disability for people who are too disabled to purchase their own food but who have arranged to have their food purchased and prepared separately from those with whom they live, and people who purchase and prepare food with others but qualify for separate unit status because of a disability. See 0014.03.06 (Determining the SNAP Unit), 0019.09 (GIT for Separate Elderly Disabled Units). They are:

A disability listed in 0012.15.03 (Medical Improvement Not Expected (MINE) List). Obtain a doctor's statement.

A disability that is not on the MINE list, but which prevents the person from purchasing and preparing meals. Obtain a doctor's statement.


Additional verification acceptable for exemption from work requirements and for verifying that a student is an eligible student. They are:

Certification for receipt of any of the benefits listed above, or from any government or private source, whether the benefits or disability are permanent or temporary.

A statement from a Qualified Professional. See 0011.39 (Qualified Professionals).

Observation of an injury, including a cast or sling, or information, provided by the client, of a scheduled surgery or recuperation from surgery that limits an ABAWD from engaging in gainful employment. The eligibility worker must document in MAXIS CASE/NOTEs the details about what was observed, if the injury limits the ABAWD from employment and/or working with the SNAP E&T Provider, and the length of time that this injury will last.

The client provides a letter from the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development Vocational Rehabilitation Division indicating that vocational rehabilitation services are being provided.

A person diagnosed with a developmental disability or learning disability and the condition significantly limits the person’s ability to obtain or maintain employment or significantly restricts the range of employment that the person is able to perform. A statement from the agency or the Qualified Professional that is working with the person must be provided.

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