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101. What is the Elder/Disabled Simplified Application Project (EDSAP) and how will it affect me?

EDSAP is a special program for how DTA handles SNAP cases for older adults and persons with disabilities. 

You will still get the same SNAP benefits and have to meet the same income and eligibility rules, but EDSAP means less paperwork for you to fill out and for DTA to process.  

In order to be part of EDSAP, every adult who is part of the SNAP household must be:

  • Age 60 or older,  OR 
  • Receiving a disability-based benefit - such as SSI, Social Security Disability, or MassHealth as disabled. 

The SNAP household can include children under 18. No adult in the household can have earnings from a job in order to be part of EDSAP.

How does EDSAP affect my SNAP?

  • You are approved for 3 years. At the end of 3 years (36 months), DTA will contact you to recertify your SNAP.  
  • NO Interim Reports! You do not need to fill out any Interim Reporting paperwork for 3 years.  
  • NO interview at recertification. You do not have to do a phone interview with DTA, unless DTA finds information in the Recertification form is “questionable.” See Question 17.    
  • You only have to tell DTA about the two changes listed below. 

How do I know if my SNAP case is part of EDSAP?

If your SNAP case is moved into EDSAP, DTA will send you a notice explaining EDSAP, when your 3 year certification period ends and your reporting requirements. Many SNAP cases were moved to EDSAP in December 2018 and more will be notified in the months ahead. DTA notices can be viewed through DTA Connect. See Question 23. You can also call DTA to ask if you are part of EDSAP.

What information do EDSAP households have to report to DTA?

You must report only two changes to DTA: 

1. If someone joins or leaves your household (eg. an adult child moves in or a spouse leaves)

2. If anyone in your household starts to get earnings (regular job or self-employed) 

You need to report this information to DTA by the 10th day of the month following the month of the change. Your SNAP benefits will continue and the household remains certified for the remainder of the 3 years, but you will need to comply with Simplified Reporting rules. See Question 99.  

Example: John Doe, age 65, starts a new job in November and receives his first pay check on November 28. He needs to report the earnings to DTA by December 10th.  John’s SNAP case will be taken out of EDSAP and he will be required to complete an Interim Report every 6 months, but he is still certified for SNAP for the remainder of his 3 year certification period.

You are NOT required to tell DTA about any other changes. However, you should report increases in expenses if you are not getting the maximum SNAP benefit, such as an increase in rent or medical costs.   If the earnings stop or the EDSAP ineligible person moves out, you can tell DTA, they will move you back into EDSAP, and the required Interim Reports will stop. 

Will the amount of my SNAP benefits change while I am on EDSAP?

In most cases, SNAP amounts should not change by more than a few dollars for EDSAP households (during the annual Cost of Living Adjustment).  However, DTA will adjust your SNAP benefits if they get information that is “verified upon receipt” (directly from the source). For example, when your Social Security or SSI goes up DTA will automatically adjust the SNAP amount. If this happens, DTA will send a notice.  

You always have the option to report any changes that will boost your SNAP, such as if your shelter costs or medical costs go up.

DTA Online Guide Sections:  SNAP > Certification Types > Simplified Reporting > Simplified Reporting Overview

Additional Guidance: Information on roll out of EDSAP, including process for converting elder/disabled households from 24 month simplified reporting to EDSAP. DTA Online Guide Transmittal 2018-85 (Dec. 21, 2018)

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