Department of Human Services

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Households may elect to have fluctuating expenses averaged.  They also may choose to have expenses which are billed less often monthly averaged forward over the interval between scheduled billings.  If there is no scheduled interval, average forward over the period the expense is intended to cover.


Example:  If a household received a single fuel bill in February which covers a three-month supply of oil, the bill may be averaged over February, March and April.


Households reporting one-time only expenses during their certification period may elect to either have a one-time deduction in the month the change would become effective, or to have the expense averaged over the remaining months in the certification period.  Averaging would begin the month the change would become effective.


Glossary of Terms

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