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SNAP and ACA Q&A Parts I & II Memo

DATE: March 18, 2014
SUBJECT: SNAP and the Affordable Care Act Questions & Answers Parts I & II
TO: All Regional Directors
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The attached questions and answers are intended to address state agency concerns about the effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is releasing this memorandum as formal guidance for use by FNS regional offices, state agencies, and community partners. FNS is committed to providing ongoing technical assistance to states on issues of SNAP policy, compliance, and compatibility in relation to the new requirements of the ACA, and encourages states to continue to contact to their regional counterparts with questions.

This memorandum comprises the first and second parts of a series of questions and answers on this topic. In order to address a greater audience, the questions and answers in this document have been generalized and may differ slightly from those previously released.

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.