These rules apply to anyone who is
🍎 A senior (60+) or
🍎 Disabled (any age) and getting one of these forms of disability benefits
Three Special Rules
🍎 The first rule is high rent. According to SNAP regulations, if your rent is high, your food stamps may be high. This is true for everyone, but it extra true for people on disability and seniors because there is no cap on rent.
🍎 The second rule is assets. This rule won’t be a big help to most people, but here it is: If you are on disability you are allowed to have slightly more assets (around $1,000 more and still qualify for food stamps). If you were turned down for food stamps because you had too much money or owned to much stuff, this could help.
🍎 The third rule is health and medical expenses. This is the biggie! This one can change your SNAP amount a lot. How to Follow the SNAP Health and Medical Expenses Rules
🍎 If you think you have no medical expenses, or you have already declared them all, read the link above anyway! You may discover some things are medical expenses that you had not realized.
Tips for Applying with Disabilities
Please ask your caseworker if they have applied the disabled rules for rent and medical expenses when calculating your case. Sometimes they do not apply these rules unless you ask for it! Your food stamps may go WAY up when they do this. These regulations are described above. You do not need to read the policy manual, but if you want to, it is here.
If you are already on Food Stamps, you can ask to have your amount of food stamps reassessed at any time. Contact your caseworker.
It is very possible that your caseworker will not know all the rules on this page or will not remember to apply them. It is a good idea to double check. Make your requests in writing. Call and confirm these have been applied to your case. Always talk to your caseworker, never talk to the person who answers the phone at the agency. Request a copy of your file if needed.
If you have a change in your income, savings, rent, utilities, medical expenses, or household, always notify your food stamps caseworker.
If you would like to request that your food stamps be reassessed based on changes, you can request this at any time.
Some of our readers report that they found it easier to report changes and communicate with their caseworker by email. This has the added advantage of creating a written record of changes you report. You can ask your caseworker if she has an email where you can reach her.
If you are asked to go to an in-person meeting and you cannot attend due to your disability, you can request an accommodation to do the meeting by phone or mail.
If you think your food stamps were not processed correctly, here’s some ideas for next steps.
There are a bunch more food stamps rules and regs it may really help you to know: How to Get Enough Food Stamps to Actually Eat
Updated March 2018. Please comment below with stories, ideas, questions or suggestions. Please let us know if any links on this page stop working.