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Revised Treatment of Gift Cards in Determining SNAP Eligibility and Benefits

The memorandum that follows is intended to update earlier guidance provided to state agencies on the treatment of gift cards in determining Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) eligibility and benefits.  This memorandum replaces the previous guidance on the treatment of gift cards that was distributed on September 11, 2006.

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Updated Retirement Account Exclusions from Resources

This memorandum updates earlier guidance on the treatment of retirement accounts in determining SNAP eligibility.

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LIHEAP Implementation Memo

On Feb. 7, 2014, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was reauthorized as part of The Agricultural Act (the Act) of 2014 (PL 113-79). Attached is an implementing memorandum describing Section 4006, "Standard Utility Allowances Based on the Receipt of Energy Assistance."

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FSP - Policy Clarification: Deduction Language on Application and Reported Changes

Memo regarding confusion about the proper way to handle a situation involving a Food Stamp Program participant who receives an increase in benefits after reporting an increase in a deductible expense but subsequently fails to verify that increase in deductible expense.

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Budgeting Drug Expenses Under the Medicare Drug Discount Card and the New Medicare Drug Program (Part D) on and after January 1, 2006

Attached are 18 Questions and Answers about the drug expenses of Food Stamp clients who also receive Medicare. The Questions and Answers concern the phasing out of the Drug Discount Card, Medicare’s implementation of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Program, and Food Stamp Quality Control. We have developed this guidance in consultation with our Federal partners.

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Treatment of Medical Loss Ratio Rebates

This memorandum provides guidance to states on how to treat MLR rebates received by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) households.

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Treatment of TANF-Funded Subsidized Employment Income

It has come to our attention that a number of States have begun using the Emergency Fund to develop and implement a wide range of subsidized employment efforts. In addition to the Emergency Fund program, subsidized employment may be funded under the regular TANF block grant or State Maintenance of Effort (MOE) funds.

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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP); Excluding $25 Unemployment Compensation Payments from Income and Resources

A recently enacted law changes the treatment of the $25 supplemental weekly Unemployment Compensation payment authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2OO9 (ARRA) authorized.

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SNAP - Non-Land-Line Telephone Expenses Allowances and Deductions

For over thirty years, SNAP has deducted the cost of telephones in determining a household's eligibility and benefit amounts, either by deducting actual telephone bills or standard telephone allowances.

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SNAP - Clarifying Income Exclusion Regarding the Summer Youth Employment Opportunities and Youth Build Program

Recently, it has been brought to the National Office's attention that there is some confusion concerning the treatment of income received from the Summer Youth Employment Opportunities element under the Workforce Investment Act (WIA).