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The National Enhanced Policy for Evacuees

This version replaces the guidance published on September 9, 2005. We have clarified that the policy is applicable to evacuees that apply either in September or October 2005, and to households that move within the state. Concurrently, we have revised the Expanded Disaster Evacuee Policy to allow that policy to apply through October 31, 2005.

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Expanded Disaster Evacuee Policy

This version replaces the guidance published on September 2, 2005. It has been revised to extend the application period to the end of October and clarify that normal program rules apply beginning with January 2006 issuances.

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Food Stamp Eligibility for Residents of Assisted Living Facilities with Meal Options

This is in reply to your July 21, 2005, memorandum with the above subject in which you ask for clarifications relating to the provision of the regulations at 7 CFR 273.1(b)(7)(vi). This provision provides, in part, that individuals must be considered residents of an institution when the institution provides them with the majority of their meals (over 50 percent of three meals daily) as part of the institution’s normal services.

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Treatment of Family Subsistence Supplemental Allowance and National Flood Insurance Program Payments in Income Eligibility Determinations for Food and Nutrition Service Programs

This memorandum provides guidance to State administrators in making household eligibility determinations in all nutrition assistance programs administered by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS).

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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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Questions & Answers on Evacuees

This guidance applies to the Expanded Disaster Evacuee Policy (September 2, 2005, as modified on September 14, 2005).

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National Evacuee Policy

This policy applies to evacuees from areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Those include counties in the Gulf Coast region in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi. The unprecedented damage from Hurricane Katrina has made it necessary for people to be evacuated, not only from the project area where they are living, but even from the entire State.

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Maine’s Request to Allow Residents of “Waiver Homes” To Qualify for Food Stamp Benefits

The memorandum transmitted a waiver request from the Maine State Agency to waive 7 CFR 273.11(f) to allow residents of such facilities to participate in the Food Stamp Program if otherwise eligible.

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Integrity of the Quality Control Review Process

FNS and State agencies share a common goal to improve payment accuracy. However, attempts to achieve this goal must not compromise the objective nature of the food stamp quality control (QC) process. The specific purpose of QC is to obtain an accurate measure of error rates. A state agency administering the Food Stamp Program is responsible for insuring that its QC sample and reviews remain free from unacceptable bias.