MR #14.24: Change in SNAP Income and Deductions Standards, Benefit Amounts, Utilitity Standards October 2014

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09/04/14

Summary

This manual release contains policy changes for the SNAP Utility Standards, the Gross/Net Income Standards and Deductions and the SNAP Maximum Benefit amounts effective October 2014. This release also contains information about SNAP approval period extensions for SNAP only cases and Family Health Plan cases with SNAP.

  • As a result of our annual review of the SNAP utility standards the Air Conditioning/Heating Standard is reduced to $370. The Limited Utility Standard is increased to $280, the Single Utility Standard increased to $62 and the Telephone Standard is increased to $32. FNS has approved the change in utility standards to be implemented effective 10/01/14. System changes are effective 09/15/14.
  • Federal law provides for an increase in the Maximum Monthly Gross and Net Income Standards, the Standard Deductions, Maximum Monthly SNAP Benefit Amounts, the Monthly SNAP Benefit Amounts for 1-2 person households to $16 and the Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction ($490) effective 10/1/14. The Basis of Issuance Table has been revised to reflect this change. 
  • The SNAP 200% FPL Gross Income Standards used to determine categorically eligibility for qualifying member households is increased to be consistent with other programs.
  • IES has implement these changes with regular roll benefits for October 2014. All other changes are effective 09/15/14, effective for all October issuances.
  • Active cases will be centrally updated at the close of their processing schedule effective for 10/01/14.
  • System changes to the ABE and Web SNAP calculators and the expedited questions in IES and ABE are effective 10/01/14.
  • The Program Standards chart WAG 25-03-02 is revised with the new standard amounts.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program brochure (DHS 124) is revised.
  • Effective 06/16/14 through implementation of IES, SNAP approval periods for mail-in REDEs are extended 6 months for SNAP only (category 08) and Family Health Plan (category 94/96) cases with SNAP except those cases coded with 801, 802, or 654 in Item 90 that have a SNAP benefit amount of $400 or higher. The cases with approval periods centrally extended are coded with a J in Item 80 656 Total Cost field for 07/14 - 12/14. The cases with approval periods centrally extended are coded with a K in Item 80 656 Total Cost field for 01/15 - 06/15 and an L for those extended 07/15 through implementation of Phase II.

  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. Maximum Monthy SNAP Benefit Amounts
    7. Minimum SNAP Benefit Amount
  3. Basis of Issuance Table
  4. Form Revision
  5. SNAP Approval Period Extensions
  6. MANUAL REVISIONS
  7. Forms referenced:

SNAP Utility Standards

As a result of our annual review of the state utility standads, FNS has approved the following changes to be implemented effective 10/01/14.

  • Air Conditioning/Heating Standard reduced  to $370
  • Limited Utility Standard increased to $280
  • Single Utility Standard increased to $62
  • The Telephone Standard is increased to $32

System Changes

  • IES has implemented these changes effective with regular roll benefits for October.  System changes are effective for October 2014 issuances process through ACM and IPACS on or after 09/15/14.
  • Active cases will be centrally updated at the close of their processing schedule effective for 10/01/14.
  • System changes to the ABE/WEB  SNAP Calculators and the expedited questions in ABE/IES are effective 10/01/14.

Increase in SNAP Standards

Federal law provides for an increase in the Maximum Monthly Gross and Net Income Sandard the Standard Deduction Amounts. The Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction is increased to $490. 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

IES has implemented these changes effective with regular roll benefits for October. System changes are effective for October 2014 issuances processed through ACM and IPACS on or around 09/15/14.

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 $1,265 $1,945 $973
2 Persons 1,705 2,622 1,311
3 Persons 2,144 3,298 1,650
4  Persons 2,584 3,975 1,988
5 Persons 3,024 4,652 2,326
6 Persons 3,464 5,328 2,665
7 Persons 3,904 6,005 3,003
8 Persons 4,344 6,682 3,341
9 Persons 4,784 7,359 3,680
10 Persons 5,224 8,036 4,019
Each Add'l Member +440 +677 +339

Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Standards- Elderly Disabled as Separate Unit

SNAP Unit Size Gross Income Standard
1 Person $1,605
2 Persons   2,163
3 Persons  2,722
4 Persons  3,280
5 Persons  3,838
6 Persons   4,396
7 Persons   4,955
8 Persons   5,513
9 Persons   6,072
10 Persons   6,631
Each Add'l Member +  559

Standard Deductions

SNAP Unit Size Standard Deduction Amount
1-3 Persons $151
4 Persons  161
5 Persons  189
6+ Persons  217

Maximum Excess Shelter Deduction

The maximum excess shelter deduction is increased to $490.

Maximum Monthy SNAP Benefit Amounts

SNAP Unit Size

Maximum SNAP

Benefit Amount

1 Person $194
2 Persons 357
3 Persons 511
4 Persons 649
5 Persons 771
6 Persons 925
7 Persons 1,022
8 Persons 1,169
9 Persons 1,315
10 Persons 1,461
Each Add'l Member + 146

Minimum SNAP Benefit Amount

SNAP Unit Size Minimum SNAP Benefit Amount
1-2 Persons $16

Basis of Issuance Table

The Basis of Issuance Table is revised to reflect the increase in SNAP benefit amounts.

Form Revision

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Brochure (DHS 124) is revised.

SNAP Approval Period Extensions

Effective 06/16/14 through implementation of IES, SNAP approval periods for mail-in REDEs are extended 6 months for SNAP only (category 08) and Family Health Plan (category 94/96) cases with SNAP, except those cases coded with 801, 802, or 654 in Item 90 that have a SNAP benefit amount of $400 or higher.

  • The cases with approval periods centrally extended are coded with a J in Item 80 656 Total Cost field for 07/14 - 12/14.
  • The cases with approval periods centrally extended are coded with a K in Item 80 656 Total Cost field for 01/15 - 06/15 and an L for those extended 07/15 through implementation of Phase II.

MANUAL REVISIONS

[signed copy on file]

Michelle R.B. Saddler

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

Forms referenced:

Form 124