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38. Are there special rules for seniors and persons with disabilities?

ALERT:  Many of the rules in the SNAPAdvocacy Guide do NOT apply during the pandemic. Please go to the following COVID-19 & DTA benefits page: https://www.masslegalservices.org/DTA-COVID-19 until further notice for more information about changes.

If you are disabled or a senior aged 60 or older you may benefit from special rules including:

  •   More of your shelter costs can be deducted in the SNAP math.  See Question 88
  • You can claim out-of-pocket medical expenses as a deduction to boost your SNAP benefits. See Question 80.
  • You might still qualify for some SNAP benefits even if your gross income exceeds the 200% gross income test. However, you must also meet a $3,500 asset test Se Question 67.
  • You may be able to waive the five-year waiting period for immigrant adults who are LPRs, parolees or battered. See Question 50.
  • You may be eligible to apply as a seperate SNAP household even if you live with others who buy and prepare food for you. See Question 37.
  • You may benefit from special certification rules that mean you get SNAP for longer and do not need to compleet Interim Reports. See Question 101.
  • You can also use the DTA Senior Assistance Office for help. See Question 25.

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