Exemptions for College Students
The recently enacted federal Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 allows some students enrolled in higher education to now participate in SNAP. Learn more.
New Standard Medical Deduction
Households with elderly participants or participants with a disability may receive one of the following deductions from their income:
- A Standard Medical Deduction (SMD) of $160 minus a $35 disregard which equals $125 or,
- An actual monthly out-of-pocket medical expense deduction, minus a $35 disregard when expenses exceed the $160 SMD amount.
Participants are required to verify expenses over $35 to receive the SMD. All expenses must be verified when a participant chooses to claim actual out-of-pocket medical expenses above $160.
SNAP Allotment Increase
Nutrition Assistance households will receive up to a 15% increase in their monthly benefit amount for the months of January 2021 through September 2021.
Connect With Us From the Comfort of Your Home
Nutrition, Cash and Medical Assistance services are available virtually online and by phone. Learn more about how to connect with us safely and comfortably.
Renewal Requirements Are Being Reinstated
The USDA Food and Nutrition Service waiver to extend certification periods is ending. Nutrition Assistance and Cash Assistance recipients whose benefits are set to expire on or after May 31, 2021, will need to renew their benefits in order to continue receiving assistance, if they have already received a six-month extension since November 2020. Affected households will receive a notice with instructions on how to complete the renewal process.
Work Program Participation Is Suspended
Following federal guidance, work program participation for Nutrition and Cash Assistance recipients is temporarily suspended while the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect employment opportunities. The DES website is not the main source of information for Tribal TANF work requirements. Tribal TANF work requirements have been suspended, please contact your Tribal TANF program for more information.