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Deductible Excess Medical Expenses

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DATE: December 21, 2015
SUBJECT: Deductible Excess Medical Expenses November 23, 2015 Memo Revision
TO: All Regional SNAP Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

On Nov. 23, 2015 the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Program Development Division (PDD) issued a memo in response to multiple inquiries received regarding the SNAP excess medical expense deduction for elderly and disabled households. FNS is reissuing this memo to clarify the following sentence.

In the third paragraph of the memo, the sentence now reads:
"For an expense to be deductible under this provision, it must be prescribed or approved by a state-licensed or qualified practitioner."

A revised version of the memo is enclosed. Please replace the memo issued on Nov. 23, 2015 with this revised memo.

Lizbeth Silbermann
Program Development Division


Page updated: January 30, 2023

The contents of this guidance document do not have the force and effect of law and are not meant to bind the public in any way. This document is intended only to provide clarity to the public regarding existing requirements under the law or agency policies.