WAG 03-25-06: How a Change in Work Status Affects Eligibility

PM 03-25-06

Effective 07/01/2022, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) waiver approval allows the entire State to continue to be exempt from the SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited Benefits policy in this section through Revised Text10/31/2024 based on Illinois' high unemployment rate. For more information about the State's operation under COVID-19 see WAG 25-06-07-p.

The SNAP Work Requirement Time-Limited benefits policy below is NOT in effect for any county in the State through revised manual text10/31/2024. 

Change in ABAWD Status

A change from a person who is not meeting the Work Requirement to a person who is exempt from the Work Requirement is effective the month the change is reported.

Example: Ms. T is active for SNAP and is required to meet the Work Requirement starting January 2020. Her 3 months are January, February and March. SNAP benefits will end April 2020 if she does not meet the Work Requirement in each of the 3 months.  She reports on February 5, she is pregnant. Ms. T's ABAWD status changes to exempt effective February (month of report). The HSC updates Ms. T's ABAWD Time Limit Clock to show that only January is counted as a month that Ms. T did not meet the Work Requirement.

The status of a person meeting the work requirement changes to not meeting the work requirement in the month in which the nonexempt person becomes non-compliant and is considered a countable unmet month.

Case Transfers

The SNAP Work Requirement applies to nonexempt customers whose place of residence is revised textin a nonexempt county regardless of where their case is serviced.