MR #22.04: SNAP Eligibility for Residents in Certain Supportive Living Facilities Extended to March 11, 2022

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03/08/2022

Summary

  • This manual release provides an update on the eligibility of residents in certain Illinois Supportive Living Facilities (SLFs) for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The passing of recent federal legislation includes a provision that further extends the eligibility for these residents under an existing Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver which was set to expire on February 18, 2022.  See manual release MR #21.28: Extension of SNAP Eligibility for Residents of Certain Supportive Living Facilities, dated 12/30/2021.
  • H.R. 6617, Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act 2022, provides for an additional extension of the FNS waiver and allows these residents to continue to qualify for SNAP through March 11, 2022. The extension of the waiver will help these elderly and disabled SNAP households maintain food security during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
  • The Office of Long Term Care - Medical Field Operations (MFOs) handles all SNAP applications filed by SLF residents.

This manual release provides an update on the eligibility of residents in certain Illinois Supportive Living Facilities (SLFs) for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Eligibility for these residents continues through March 11, 2022 under H.R. 6617, Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act 2022, which provides for an extension of the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver granted to the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS).

Background

On December 19, 2019, FNS approved a limited waiver to protect the status quo of residents living in already approved SLFs in Illinois. The protected status allowed these residents to not be considered residents of an institution for SNAP eligibility purposes. On December 31, 2020, FNS extended the waiver and IDHS was permitted to continue to certify these residents for SNAP as long as all other eligibility requirements were met. The waiver was set to expire on December 31, 2021 but due to the passing of federal legislation, H.R. 6119, Further Extending Government Funding Act, Section 158 of Division A - Further Continuing Appropriation Act, 2022, eligibility for these residents was extended to February 18, 2022. See manual release, MR #21.28: Extension of SNAP Eligibility for Residents of Certain Supportive Living Facilities, dated 12/30/2021.

Additional Extension to March 11, 2022

H.R. 6617, Further Additional Extending Government Funding Act 2022, provides for an additional extension of the FNS waiver and allows these residents to continue to qualify for SNAP through March 11, 2022. The extension of the waiver will help these elderly and disabled SNAP households maintain food security during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Customers Residing in Ineligible Facilities

  • Residents in Long Term Care (LTC) nursing homes or shelter care facilities do not qualify for SNAP benefits. These individuals are considered residents of an institution that provides meals as part of its normal service PM 04-05-04.
  • An individual who is living in the community and receiving SNAP no longer qualifies for benefits if admitted to a LTC or shelter care facility.
  • An individual who is residing in a SLF and receiving SNAP no longer qualifies for benefits if admitted to a nursing home or shelter care facility.
  • Change Reporting SNAP households are required to report a change in household size during the certification period PM 18-04-00). Mid-Point Reporting households are only required to report the change when completing the interim Mid-Point Report during the certification period (PM 18-04-00 PM 19-07-00). Both household types must report the change at redetermination (REDE).
  • The Human Services Caseworker (HSC) should select the appropriate living arrangement for customers residing in these type of nursing facilities, such as LTC or shelter care. The SNAP eligibility determination should result in a denial for benefits with the reason: The applicant is considered a resident of an institution PM 04-05-04.

Medical Field Offices (MFOs)

  • The Office of Long Term Care - Medical Field Operations (MFOs) handles all SNAP applications filed by SLF residents.
  • If an individual submits a request for SNAP who still has a LTC EDG, the caseworker MUST contact the MFO handling the active case. Send an email to:
  • Only residents in certain approved SLFs qualify for SNAP (PM 05-11-00).  An individual who is living in the community and receiving SNAP loses eligibility for benefits if they move into a SLF, which is not on the FNS approved list in WAG 04-05-04
  • Do not select LTC as the living arrangement for a SLF resident just to get IES to deny benefits when the resident is in a SLF that is not approved for SNAP participation. For SLFs that are not on the approved list (WAG 04-05-04), the HSC must "withdraw" the application for SNAP, suppress the central Notice of Decision (Form 360c), and issue a manual denial Form 360c with the denial reason: The applicant is considered a resident of an institution PM 04-05-04.

Manual Revisions

[signed copy on file]

Grace B. Hou

Secretary, Illinois Department of Human Services

Forms referenced:

Form 360c