A completed application form or a web application submitted electronically is required to receive cash, medical, or SNAP.
An application is the form a person completes and signs to request benefits. A web application is also an application once the applicant submits it electronically. A web application that is saved so that it can be finished later is not an application. The application must contain a name, address and signature to begin the application process. A web application submitted and received electronically over the internet does not require a signature to begin the application process for cash and medical. But a signed signature page must be received before cash and medical benefits are approved. An electronic signature is used for SNAP applications submitted and received electronically.
An applicant is a person who completes an application or has someone complete one for them. A person is not an applicant if they just ask questions about programs, benefits, or eligibility criteria.
A person must be allowed to complete an application. A person cannot be required to attend any meeting or orientation before they can sign an application.
The Family Community Resource Center application process includes:
- making application forms available;
- registering signed, completed applications in the computer;
- obtaining information and verifications to determine if an applicant qualifies;
- giving the applicant a written notice of the decision; and
- providing the applicant with the opportunity to register to vote (see PM 22-12-00).
Eligibility for cash benefits, SNAP benefits, AABD Medical, and Family Health Spenddown is not determined for a person who applies on a special HFS All Kids Application form.