The FY 2013 state budget required significant spending reductions to fill a budget hole in the Medicaid Program. The SMART Act (Public Act 97-0689) was developed by the bipartisan Legislative Medicaid Advisory Committee to reduce program costs while continuing to serve the neediest Illinois residents.
Notices are being sent to clients this month to inform them of changes resulting from the passage of the SMART Act that will affect them.
Due to the change in medical programs, a qualifying member SNAP unit may incur noncovered medical expenses that are an allowable expense deduction for SNAP. Allow the appropriate Standard Medical Deduction if the unit's monthly medical expenses exceed $35. The unit's actual medical expenses may be allowed if their total monthly expenses exceed the Standard Medical Deduction. See PM 13-01-05 and PM 13-01-05-a.
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Michelle R. B. SaddlerSecretary, Illinois Department of Human Services
Director, Healthcare and Family Services
Illinois Department of Human ServicesJB Pritzker, Governor · Grace B. Hou, Secretary
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