1. (a) In determining if good cause exists for failure to comply with the requirement to apply for or provide a Social Security number (SSN), the worker considers information from the household member and the Social Security Administration (SSA).
(1) Documentary evidence or collateral information the household member has applied for a SSN or made every effort to supply SSA with the necessary information to complete an application for a SSN is considered good cause for not complying timely with this requirement.
(A) Good cause does not include delays due to illness, lack of transportation, or temporary absences, because SSA makes provisions for mail-in applications in lieu of applying in person.
(B) If the household member can show good cause why an application for a SSN has not been completed in a timely manner, that person is allowed to participate for one month in addition to the month of application.
(2) If the household member applying for a SSN has been unable to obtain the documents required by SSA, the worker makes every effort to assist the person in obtaining these documents.
(3) Good cause for failure to apply is documented monthly in the Family Assistance/Client Services (FACS) case notes in order for the household member to continue to participate.
(b) Once it is documented that an application for a SSN has been filed, the household member participates pending notification of the household member's SSN.