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OLGT 2019-33: SNAP: Add a New Person as a SNAP Household Member


When adding a new member to a SNAP household, there are some important steps that case managers must follow to ensure that benefits are increased on time and the Department’s rules are properly implemented:   

  • The change must be effective no later than the cyclical month following the month of the reported change.
  • If it is too late to increase the benefits for the next cyclical month, a related benefit must be issued.
  • For newborns, the household must provide an oral or written selfdeclaration of the newborn’s date of birth and SSN (if available).
  • If no SSN is available for a newborn, the household has at least six months to provide the SSN or written verification from the SSA stating that an SSN application has been filed.
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