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Questions and Answers: FY 19 Homeless Shelter Deduction Memo

The attached questions and answers provide policy clarifications to address State agency concerns regarding the Food and Nutrition Service's (FNS) Feb. 8, 2019, Information Memorandum which discussed Section 4004 of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (the Act).

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SNAP – Fiscal Year 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2019 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2018.

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SNAP Fiscal Year 2018 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2018 Cost-of-Living Adjustments (COLA) to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions. Under the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2017.

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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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SNAP Fiscal Year 2017 Cost of Living Adjustments

This memorandum provides the fiscal year (FY) 2017 Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA) to SNAP maximum allotments, income eligibility standards, and deductions.  COLAs are effective as of October 1, 2016.

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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.