MR #13.18: 2013 SNAP Income and Deduction Standards, Utility Standards and Other Policy Changes

Illinois Department of Human Services

09/13/13

Summary

This manual release contains policy changes for the SNAP Utility Standards, the Gross/Net Income Standards and Deductions, the Day Care Meal Standard, Child Support Deduction and the Exemption from the SNAP Work Requirement. These changes are either effective with the date of this release or effective October 2013.

  • As a result of our annual review of the SNAP utility standards the Air Conditioning/Heating Standard increases is increased to $380, the Limited Utility Standard is reduced to $226 and the Single Utility Standard is reduced to $50. The Telephone Standard remains at $28.
  • FNS has approved the change in utility standards to be implemented effective 10/01/13. System changes are effective 09/16/13.
  • Federal law provides for an increase in the Maximum Monthly Gross and Net Income Standards, the Standard Deductions and the Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction ($478).
  • The SNAP Allotments, including the Basis of Issuance Table remain unchanged through October 2013. The maximum monthly SNAP allotments and the minimum monthly benefit amounts for 1-2 person households are reduced effective with November 2013 benefits. A separate release will be provided for this change.
  • The SNAP 200% FPL Gross Income Standards is increased to be consistent with other programs.
  • The increase in monthly income standards, standard deductions and the excess shelter deduction are reflected in all system calculations and benefits processed on or after 09/16/13, effective  for all October issuances.
  • Active cases will be centrally updated at the close of their processing schedule effective for 10/01/13.
  • System changes to the SNAP Web calculator and the expedited questions in AIS are effective 10/01/13.
  • The Program Standards chart WAG 25-03-02  is revised with the new standard amounts.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DHS 124) is revised.
  • Effective with the date of this release, the Day Care Meal Standard amounts that a self-employed day care provider may choose to use as a business expense for SNAP are: Breakfast - $1.28; Lunch or Supper - $2.40; Snack - $.71.
  • Effective with the date of this release, the policy to use the 3 prior fiscal months to calculate the amount of the child support deduction for SNAP is eliminated. Use the  actual support payments made in the last 30 days to determine the child support deduction. Due to the new IES system AIS will not be modified for this policy change. Convert the payments to a monthly amount and enter in the system (see PM 13-02-04).
  • Due to a high unemployment waiver extension granted by FNS, the entire state continues to be exempt from the SNAP Work Requirement through 09/30/14.

  1. SNAP Utility Standards
    1. System Changes
  2. Increase in SNAP Standards
    1. System Changes
    2. Maximum Monthly Income Eligibility Standards
    3. Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Standards - Elderly Disabled as Separate Unit
    4. Standard Deductions
    5. Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction
    6. SNAP allotments /Basis of Issuance Table
    7. Form Revision
  3. Other Policy Changes in this Release
    1. Day Care Meal Standard
    2. Implementation
    3. Child Support Deduction
    4. Exempt from SNAP Work Requirement
  4. MANUAL REVISIONS
  5. Forms referenced:

This release provides changes policy changes for the SNAP Utility Standards, the Gross/Net Income Standards and Deductions, the Day Care Meal Standard, Child Support Deduction and the Exemption from the SNAP Work Requirement. These changes are either effective with the date of this release or effective October 2013.

SNAP Utility Standards

As a result of our annual review of the state utility standads, FNS has approved the following change to be implemented effective 10/01/13.

  • Air Conditioning/Heating Standard increased to $380
  • Limited Utility Standard decreased to $226
  • Single Utility Standard decreased to $50
  • The Telephone Standard remains at $28

System Changes

  • These changes are effective for October 2013 issuances process through ACM/AIS and IPACS on or after 09/16/13.
  • Active cases will be centrally updated at the close of their processing schedule effective for 10/01/13.
  • System changes to the SNAP Web Calculator and the expedited questions in AIS are effective 10/01/13.

Increase in SNAP Standards

Effective October 1, 2013, Federal law provides for an increase in the Maximum Monthly Gross and Net Income Standards, and the Standard Deduction Amounts. The Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction is increased to $478. In addition to these changes, we are revising the 200% FPL Maximum Gross Income Standards used to determine SNAP categorical eligibility for qualifying member units.

System Changes

The increase in standards are reflected in all system calculations processed on or after 09/16/13, effective for all October issuances

Maximum Monthly Income Eligibility Standards

SNAP Unit Size Maximum Gross Income Standards 130% FPL Maximum Gross Income Standards 200% FPL Maximum Net Income Standards
1 Person $1,245 $1,915 $958
2 Persons 1,681 2,585 1,293
3 Persons 2,116 3,255 1,628
4 Persons 2,552 3,925 1,963
5 Persons 2,987 4,595 2,298
6 Persons 3,423 5,265 2,633
7 Persons 3,858 5,935 2,968
8 Persons 4,294 6,605 3,303
9 Persons 4,730 7,275 3,638
10 Persons 5,166 7,945 3,973
Each Add'l Member +436 +670 +335

Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Standards - Elderly Disabled as Separate Unit

SNAP Unit Size Gross Income Standard
1 Person $1,580
2 Persons 2,133
3 Persons 2,686
4 Persons 3,239
5 Persons 3,791
6 Persons 4,344
7 Persons 4,897
8 Persons 5,450
9 Persons 6,003
10 Persons 6,556
Each Add'l Member +553

Standard Deductions

The standard deductions are increased beginning with the calculations for October 2013.

SNAP Unit Size Standard Deduction Amount
1-3 Persons $148
4 Persons $159
5 Persons $187
6+Persons $215

Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction

The maximum excess Shelte deduction is increased to $478 effective October 2013.

SNAP allotments /Basis of Issuance Table

The SNAP allotments and the Basis of Issuance Table remain unchanged through October 2013.

Form Revision

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (DHS 124) is revised.

Other Policy Changes in this Release

Day Care Meal Standard 

Effective with the date of this release, the Day Care Meal Standard amounts: 

  •  Breakfast - $1.28
  •  Lunch or Supper - $2.40
  •  Snack - $.71

A SNAP unit with self-employment income from day care may choose to use either the actual documented costs of meals or the Day Care Meal Standard as a business expense. If the customer chooses to use actual documented costs, the expense allowed may exceed the Day Care Meal Standard amounts. If the standard is used, no more than 2 meals and one snack provided daily to each child may be allowed.

Example: Ms. M babysits for one child. She feeds the child breakfast, lunch and 2 snacks. Ms. M opts to use the Day Care Meal Standard instead of actual documented costs. Allow $4.39 per day ($1.28 for breakfast + $2.40 for lunch + $.71 for snack = $4.39). Only the cost of one snack may be allowed.

Implementation

Implement the increased Day Care Meal Standard changes:

  • for applications processed on or after the date of this release; or
  • at the next SNAP REDE; or
  • when a case is reviewed

Child Support Deduction

Effective with the date of this release, the policy to use the 3 prior fiscal months to calculate the amount of the child support deduction for SNAP is eliminated.  Due to the new IES system AIS will not be modified for this policy change.  At initial application, REDE and when a change is reported, use the  actual support payments made in the last 30 days to determine the child support deduction. Convert to a monthly amount and enter in the system. See PM 13-02-04  Converting Income and Deductions to a Monthly Amount. 

Implement this change:

  • for applications processed on or after the date of this release; or
  • at the next SNAP REDE; or
  • when a change is reported.

Exempt from SNAP Work Requirement

Due to a high unemployment waiver extension granted by FNS, the entire state continues to be exempt from the SNAP Work Requirement through 09/30/14.

MANUAL REVISIONS

[signed copy on file]

Michelle R.B. Saddler

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

Forms referenced:

Form 124