The TAFDC Good Cause Medical Statement is used when a TAFDC client who requests a disability exemption is not eligible for presumptive disability benefits because they were previously denied a disability exemption claim (within the past 60-month period), but has a health condition or illness which prevents him/her from meeting work program requirements, TAFDC Employment Development Plan (EDP) requirements, or time limit extension work activity requirements.
If the client is requesting an extension of time-limited benefits, the TAFDC-GCMS can be used to excuse the applicant from meeting the work activities related to qualifying for the extension of time-limits.
If the client is not requesting an extension of time-limited benefits, the TAFDC-GCMS can be used to prevent the client from being sanctioned for not meeting work program requirements while pending a disability determination by Disability Evaluation Services (DES).
The TAFDC-GCMS must be signed by a competent medical authority certifying that the client has a health condition or illness that will last longer than 30 days that prevents him/her from meeting the work program requirement, requirements of a TAFDC EDP or work activities related to qualifying for a TAFDC time limit extension. The TAFDC-GCMS must indicate the length of the good cause period. However, the good cause period will end once the final disability determination is made by DES.
Disability Policy and Procedures - TAFDC