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WHAT IS CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT?

STATE AND LOCAL CHILD SUPPORT ENFORMENT OFFICES WORK WITH CUSTODIAL AND NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS TO ENSURE CHILDREN ARE GIVEN THE FINANCIAL SUPPORT THEY DESERVE.

WHAT CAN A CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT AGENT DO TO ENFORCE A COURT ORDER?

o INCOME WITHHOLDING BY EMPLOYERS
o WITHHOLDING OF EMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION, WORKER’S COMPENSATION, SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS OR VETERAN’S DISABILITY BENEFITS
o MONTHLY BILLING TO NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS THAT ARE NOT UNDER INCOME WITHHOLDING
o FILING COURT ACTION AGAINS NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS WHO HAVE NOT PAID SUPPORT AS ORDERED
o CREDIT BUREAU REPORTING OF ALL CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATIONS HANDLED BY CSE
o INTERCEPTION OF STATE AND FEDERAL TAX REFUNDS
o LIENS ON REAL OR PERSONAL PROPERTY OWNED BY THE NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT.

WHAT SERVICES DOES CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT OFFER?

o LOCATE NON-CUSTODIAL PARENTS
o ESTABLISH PATERNITY
o WORK TO GET CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS ORDERED BY THE COURTS
o ENFORCE CHILD SUPPORT COURT ORDERS

WHAT DOES A CHILD SUPPORT ENFORCEMENT DO?

THE CSE AGENT GATHERS ALL AVAILABLE INFORMATION, EVALUATES THE CASE AND DETERMINES SUPPORT ACTIVITIES TO BE PURSUED AND WORKS WITH AN ATTORNEY TO REPRESENT CASES IN CIVIL COURT ACTIONS. (THESE ATTORNEYS REPRESENT THE AGENCY AND NOT THE INDIVIDUAL CLIENT IN A CASE).

THE AGENT WORKS WITH ALL PARTIES IN A CASE, PROVIDING INFORMATION OR EXPLANATIONS OR CASE ACTIVITIES WHEN APPROPRIATE.

HOW DOES CSE CALCULATE THE CHILD SUPPORT OBLIGATION?

VISIT THE WEB-SITE @ WWW.NCCHILDSUPPORT.COM FOR FULL EXPLANATION ALONG WITH ANSWERS TO OTHER CHILD SUPPORT QUESTIONS.

WHAT IS MEDICAID?

 

A HEALTH INSURANCE PROGRAM FOR THOSE WHOSE INCOME IS SO LOW THAT THEY CANNOT AFFORD HEALTH CARE COSTS. IT IS GOVERNED BY FEDERAL AND STATE LAWS ESPECIALLY IN REGARD TO INCOME LIMITS.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM MEDICAID?

• RECIPIENTS WILL RECEIVE MEDICAID IDENTIFICATION (MID) CARD, WHICH IS THEIR INSURANCE CARD.
• THERE ARE CO-PAYMENTS FOR SOME SERVICES
• RECIPIENTS RECEIVE DIFFERENT TYPES OF COVERAGE FOR DIFFERENT NEEDS
• YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A PHYSICAL OR OTHER TYPE OF EXAM (EXEMPTION FOR DISABLED MUST MEED DIFINITION OF DISABLED)
• MEDICAID IS BASED ON YOUR FAMILY’S FINANCES
• YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A MEDICAL NEED TO QUALIFY.

HOW DO HAYWOOD COUNTY RESIDENTS QUALIFY FOR MEDICAID?

• MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY FOR MOST RECIPIENTS IS DETERMINED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES (DSS) IN THE COUNTY THEY RESIDE.
• APPLICANTS ARE EVALUATED ON INCOME LEVEL, AVAILABLE FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND CRITERIA RELATED TO CATEGORICAL STANDARDS.
• FAMILIES RECEIVING WORK FIRST FAMILY ASSISTANCE ALSO RECEIVE MEDICAID. CLIENTS RECEIVING SPECIAL ASSISTANCE ALSO RECEIVE AUTO MEDICAID.

WHEN DOES ELIGIBILITY BEGIN?

PARTICIPANTS ARE ELIGIBLE FOR MEDICAID THE MONTH IN WHICH ALL CATEGORICAL AND FINANCIAL CONDITIONS OF ELIGIBILITY ARE MET.

HOW DO I APPLY FOR MEDICAID?

• YOU NEED TO FILL OUT AN APPLICATION. TO GET AN APPLICATION, CALL DSS. YOU CAN ASK TO HAVE APPLICATION MAILED TO YOU.
• IF YOU WANT HELP FILING THE APPLICATION OUT, GO TO DSS AND A CASEWORKER WILL GIVE YOU AN APPLICATION AND HELP YOU FILL IT OUT.
• THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ALSO HAS APPLICATION FORMS YOU CAN REQUEST. APPLICATIONS ARE ALSO AVAILABLE ON LINE @ HTTP://WWW.DHHS.STATE.NS.US/DMA/

WHAT IS THE FOOD AND NUTRITIONAL SERVICES PROGRAM:

 

• IT IS AN “ENTITLEMENT” PROGRAM FOR ELIGIBLE HOUSEHOLDS
• IT IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE NUTRITION AMONG LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS BY INCREASING THEIR FOOD-BUYING POWER
• IT IS A FEDERAL PROGRAM

WHAT IS THE COUNTY ROLE?

HAYWOOD COUNTY DSS TAKES AND PROCESSES APPLICATIONS, MAKES CHANGES AND COMPLETES RECERTIFICATIONS FOR THIS PROGRAM.

HOW DO YOU APPLY?

• MUST APPLY FOR BENEFITS IN THEIR COUNTY OF RESIDENCE
• MUST COMPLETE AN APPLICATION FORM
• MUST ANSWER ELIGIBILITY QUESTIONS AT AN INTERVIEW
• MUST PROVIDE REQUESTED INFORMATION IN ORDER FOR AN ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION TO BE MADE

WHAT IS THE TIMEFRAME FOR RECEIVING FOOD ASSISTANCE IF ELIGIBLE?

TIMEFRAMES ARE THE SAME FOR ALL COUNTIES, THIRTY (30) DAYS FOR NORMAL AND SEVEN (7) DAYS FOR EMERGENCY CASES.

HOW DO YOU ACTUALLY GET THE BENEFITS AND BUY FOOD?

• STORES ARE CERTIFIED BY FOOD AND NUTRITION SERVICES (FNS) IN RALEIGH
• STORES SHOULD ONLY ALLOW EDIBLE FOODS (VEGETABLES SEEDS OR PLANTS) TO BE BOUGHT WITH FOOD STAMPS
• FOOD STAMPS CANNOT BE USED FOR ALCHOL, TOBACCO PRODUCTS, PET FOOD, HOUSEHOLD ITEMS, SOAPS, PAPER PRODUCTS, VITAMINS OR MEDICINES.