Senior SNAP’s extended certification period should not adversely impact eligibility calculations

Topic: Public Assistance, Decided by: Judge Malihi 
Docket Number: 0000000 , Decision Date: June 26, 2023 
Attachment: Click here to download the decision. 

This case concerned an individual’s eligibility for Senior SNAP benefits, which differ from ordinary SNAP (or food stamp) benefits in that the certification period is 36 months rather than 12.  In this instance, DFCS denied the individual’s Senior SNAP application after finding she was above the income limit for eligibility. However, the Court reversed this denial and remanded the case because DFCS wrongfully calculated the applicant’s monthly income by dividing her annual excess medical deductions by 36 months (the full certification period), rather than 12 months.   

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