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FYI: June 2011 - Clarification on SNAP Denials before Day 30

Date: 
06/01/2011
Author: 
DTA

Clarification on SNAP Denials before Day 30

Case managers are reminded that no SNAP application can be denied before day 30 if the denial reason is failure to complete the application process or failure to provide verifications.

Denials allowed before day 30 are limited to:

  • finding the applicant ineligible due to a nonfinancial reason, such as student or noncitizen status; or
  • finding the applicant ineligible due to a financial reason. The case manager must enter the financial information into BEACON as received and process the application. BEACON will deny the application on or before day 30 for the appropriate financial reason (e.g. excess income or assets).

While TAFDC and EAEDC regulations allow applications to be denied prior to day 30 if two application interview appointments have been missed, SNAP regulations do not allow this. Case managers must hold the SNAP application until day 30 before denying for failure to complete the application process. Also, even if the applicant has been granted an extension (INT-2) to provide verifications for cash program benefits, the SNAP application must be denied on day 30.

Reminder: If day 30 falls on a weekend or holiday, the SNAP application must be denied on the first business day immediately following the weekend or holiday.

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