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OLGT 2018-71: SNAP: Housing Authority Medical Expense Verification Clarification


Housing Authority documents offer clients an easy and expedited way to verify their medical expenses for SNAP purposes, as they have already verified the expenses for their housing determination.

It is important to note that the Department cannot limit or prescribe the source of verification that may be provided, but staff must take care to emphasize this option to support clients and reduce the administrative burden on staff.

Field staff have been instrumental in discussions about medical expenses verified by Housing Authorities. In response, self-paid Medicare clients who use Housing Authority documentation as verification of medical expenses will no longer have self-paid Medicare premiums subtracted from the total expense claimed in the Housing Authority documentation unless the expense is explicitly itemized. The same procedure applies for private health insurance premiums.

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