PM 13-01-05: Standard Medical Deductions or Actual Medical Expenses

WAG 13-01-05

Allow one of the Standard Medical Deductions or actual medical expenses for SNAP households with a qualifying member. See PM 05-06-01 for qualifying member definition. Only a qualifying member's medical costs are considered. If a SNAP household has more than one qualifying member, see if the combined allowable medical costs of the qualifying members are over $35.

When computing total medical expenses, include cents for the individual expenses. Once the individual expenses are totaled, drop cents.

Subtract excess medical expenses over $35 from total adjusted income. If the qualifying member's total medical costs are $35 or less, do not allow a deduction.

Standard Medical Deductions

At initial application or when an active case containing a qualifying member reports medical expenses, verify if monthly medical expenses are more than $35. If the SNAP household fails to verify any medical expenses, the household is not entitled to a Standard Medical Deduction. If total medical costs for the qualifying member(s) are more than $35, allow the appropriate Standard Medical Deduction. There are two Standard Medical Deductions:

  • the Standard Medical Deduction for SNAP units with a qualifying member living in the community (not a  resident of a group home including a CILA)deleted manual text; and
  • the Standard Medical Deduction for those that live in a group home including a CILAdeleted manual text..

Actual Medical Expenses

If the SNAP household claims that their monthly medical expenses exceed the appropriate standard, verify their total monthly medical expenses.  Once the SNAP household has verified their total monthly medical expenses, allow the actual medical expenses instead of the Standard Medical Deduction. If the unit verifies that medical expenses exceed $35 but fails to verify total monthly medical expenses, allow the appropriate Standard Medical Deduction. 

Reported Changes

For changes in reported medical expenses, see PM 18-04-09-c.