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Do you receive SNAP benefits and fall into one of the following categories: disabled or over the age of 60? If so, this is a conversation you don’t want to miss. The National Council on Aging has unveiled a secret that less than 20% of eligible adults are aware of – a trick that can help you receive more food stamps. That means that a staggering 80% of you are missing out on this incredible opportunity! Just take a look at Camellia. By implementing this strategy, her monthly benefit increased from a meager $35 to an astonishing $192. That’s an additional $157 per month!

Now, let’s talk about how you can use the medical expense deduction to maximize your benefits without it being difficult or intimidating. The Medical Expense Deduction is a feature of the SNAP food benefits program specifically designed to assist seniors and individuals with disabilities in obtaining more benefits.

So, how does it work? The office considers your out-of-pocket medical expenses and deducts that total from your gross income. This reduction in household income makes you eligible for more benefits. According to the NCOA, there is no maximum limit on this deduction, meaning it could potentially offset all of your income and entitle you to the maximum amount of food benefits every month. This is significantly better than the mere $23 per month typically received by seniors.

It’s important to note that the office only takes into account out-of-pocket medical expenses that exceed $35 per month. However, there are numerous items that qualify as medical expenses, and you might be eligible for them even if you think you’re not. Federal regulations state that medical care, dental care, hospitalization, nursing home costs, health insurance premiums, deductibles, and copays (including Medicare costs), dentures, hearing aids, prosthetics, service animals (including pet food and veterinary care for your service animal), eyeglasses, contacts, transportation and lodging (including mileage to and from the pharmacy and doctor’s appointments), attendant, home health aide, homemaker, or child care services, over-the-counter medications (including vitamins and supplements), and prescription drugs are all considered medical expenses.

But wait, there’s more! Each state can allow additional deductions for various expenses. For instance, Montana allows deductions for postage for prescriptions, ambulance costs, housekeeper services, medical debt loan payments (including credit card balances), acupuncture, chiropractic services, service monkeys (how fun!), medical alert systems, and more. California includes specialized telephone equipment, rehabilitation services, psychotherapy, and caregiver meals. Florida offers deductions for mileage costs, batteries for hearing aids, denture cleaning supplies, incontinence supplies, ointments, walkers, canes, pain relief, humidifiers, medical alert devices, and a plethora of other items. They even allow you to average annual costs.

Submitting your medical expenses doesn’t have to be a daunting task filled with paperwork. In fact, many states allow you to simply sign a declaration stating your expenses. It’s remarkably simple. Just remember Camellia, whose benefits skyrocketed from $35 to $192 per month when she submitted her medical expenses. That’s an extra $157 per month, or nearly $2,000 per year in additional food benefits. It’s a substantial amount of money to miss out on.

To claim these additional benefits, you’ll need to reach out to the office in charge of SNAP benefits in your state. They can guide you on how to apply for the medical expense deduction. Additionally, some online resources, like the Florida Policy Institute, offer toolkits that streamline the deduction request process. In most cases, submitting a sworn statement will suffice if you don’t have proof of your expenses. However, in states like Massachusetts, a self-declaration of expenses up to $190 is accepted. For higher expenses, receipts, bills, invoices, or other documentation may be required. Nonetheless, even if you choose not to provide evidence, a basic medical expense deduction can still be obtained.

It may seem like a lot of effort, but the potential benefits far outweigh the inconvenience. Just ask Camellia. Although your situation may not mirror hers exactly, it’s worth a try. Many individuals have been reduced to the minimum benefit of $23, which is far from sufficient for survival. While it may not be a perfect solution, implementing this strategy can help you increase your benefits and access the food assistance you need. And don’t forget to check out other resources on how to obtain free food for seniors. Your journey to receiving the benefits you deserve starts now.

I’ll see you there!

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