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Help for elders (age 60+) and persons with disabilities

SNAP can be a vital resource if you are elderly or disabled, especially if you are living on a fixed income. Whether you own your home, live in elderly housing or a group home, or have moved in with family, you may qualify for benefits. 

Special SNAP regulations

If you can prove that your monthly out-of-pocket medical expenses are higher than $35 per month, you can receive the benefits of a medical deduction ($155 or higher).

You do not have to comply with work requirements.

You can designate someone you trust to be an Authorized Representative, which would enable them to use your SNAP card to purchase food for you.

Different households have different certification periods. Please contact the FoodSource Hotline or DTA for additional information.

Examples of Medical Expenses DTA will count

  • Copayments for medications and doctor visits
  • Premiums and deductibles for health insurance
  • Cost of transportation for medical visits
  • Home care costs
  • OTC medications, vitamins, medical supplies

Important Notes

You are considered to be an elderly applicant if you are age 60 and older.

Most applicants can complete the interview requirement by scheduling a telephone interview.

You are considered a disabled applicant if you are receiving a government disability benefit, including SSI (Supplemental Security Income), SSDI, MassHealth for the disabled, a public disability retirement (if considered permanent by Social Security), veteran’s disability retirement (after meeting certain conditions).

Even if you are not considered disabled according to SNAP rules, the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) may still be required to make “reasonable accommodations” for a disability you have. You should always discuss any special needs with your DTA caseworker.

If you are disabled and live in a group home, there are special regulations that will determine your eligibility to apply.

If you are receiving only SSI benefits and live alone, you may be eligible for Bay State CAP SNAP Benefits. This is not a separate benefit but in some instances can result in higher benefits. However, if you have medical expenses or a high rent or mortgage, Bay State CAP may result in a lower amount.

For more information contact Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline at 1-800-645-8333.

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