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Categorical Eligibility Questions and Answers

EO Guidance Document #
FNS-GD-2009-0078
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DATE: November 20, 2009
SUBJECT: Categorical Eligibility Questions and Answers
TO: Regional Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program
All Regions
State Directors
All States

Attached are questions and answers on the implementation of categorical eligibility and the reporting requirements for categorically eligible households. These questions are in response to inquiries from the states.

As explained in previous memos, there are three types of categorical eligibility. Broad-based categorical eligibility refers to the policy that makes most, if not all, households categorically eligible for SNAP because they receive non-cash TANF/MOE funded benefit or service, such as an informational pamphlet or 800-number. Narrow categorical eligibility describes the policy that makes a smaller number of households categorically eligible for SNAP because they receive a TANF/MOE funded benefit such as child care or counseling. Both narrow and broad-based categorical eligibility are non-cash categorical eligibility. Traditional categorical eligibility refers to the mandatory policy that makes households categorically eligible for SNAP because the household receives TANF, SSI, or general assistance cash benefits.

Arthur T. Foley
Director
Program Development Division

 

Attachment
11/20/2009

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.