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Reduction of food stamps proper where no evidence that Petitioner was personally liable for medical expenses.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Kennedy 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2013-09-09 
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The Division of Family and Children Services properly calculated Petitioner’s food stamp benefits.  Petitioner was not entitled to an excess medical deduction because she did not produce evidence that she was personally liable to pay medical bills.

Food stamp application denied where applicant’s income exceeded gross income limit.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2013-09-24 
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Petitioner was correctly denied Food Stamp assistance because his combined earned and unearned income together exceeded the total maximum gross monthly income limit for a household unit of one. Petitioner argued that the Division of Family and Children Services  should have used his earned income [..] Read More..

Food stamp case improperly closed because recipient attempted to participate in review process.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2013-08-07 
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The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) could not close a food stamp recipient’s case for failure to participate in his continued eligibility review where he repeatedly attempted to contact a DFCS reviewer for a mandatory phone interview, to no avail.

Food stamp benefits terminated for failure to complete review.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Kennedy 
Docket Number: ***** , Decision Date: 2013-08-05 
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Petitioner’s food stamp benefits were properly terminated for failure to complete a continued eligibility review because he knew of his telephone interview appointment, understood that he would be unable to receive the call due to poor cell phone reception, and did not contact his reviewer [..] Read More..

Cannot terminate food stamp benefits where non-compliance is due to State’s failure to provide requested interpretive services.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Walker 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2013-07-23 
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The Department of Human Resources was not permitted to terminate Petitioner’s food stamp benefits for failure to provide income verification where it repeatedly failed to provide Petitioner with a Spanish language interpreter in violation of its own foreign language assistance policy.  Upon receiving interpretive services, [..] Read More..

Food stamp over-issuance found where Petitioner failed to report full income.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Walker-Russell 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2013-03-18 
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Judge Walker-Russell found an over-issuance of food stamp benefits to Petitioner as a result of her failure to report the earned income of a household member.  The Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS), therefore, correctly denied Petitioner benefits for the month of September 2012 [..] Read More..

DHS inappropriately used overtime pay in calculating gross income.

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by Judge Miller 
Docket Number: ******* , Decision Date: 2013-06-25 
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Petitioner, a recipient of both food stamp and Right from the Start (RSM) Medicaid benefits, occasionally works overtime to support herself and her two children. The Department, in its review of her food stamp benefits, used Petitioner’s base pay in calculating gross income and correctly [..] Read More..

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