A recent change in policy called the Standard Medical Deduction, or SMED, could mean more food stamps for seniors and people who get Social Security disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) disability benefits.
Under the old policy, only 15% of the seniors and people who get SS/SSI disability benefits who receive food stamps in Georgia actually received a medical expense deduction under the old policy even when they were eligible. SMED, the new policy, makes a one-time application for standard medical expense deduction possible, and the monthly deduction can increase food stamp eligibility significantly. See below for more information and relevant forms.
Click HERE to view the Public Benefits Advocate: Special Issue on SMED (pictured below). Click here to download the out-of-pocket medical expenses form to submit with your food stamps application to your local DFCS office for your standard medical expenses deduction.
For veterans: Download and complete this form to submit your out-of-pocket medical expenses to the Department of Veteran Affairs to potentially gain greater food stamp benefits.
Read a background paper on food stamps and medical deductions by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities here.
Read Georgia’s Division of Family and Children Services press release about providing retroactive food stamp benefits to entitled households here.
Our Public Benefits Expert
Nancy R. Lindbloom
Topics: Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, food stamps, child support enforcement, job training and education for low income mothers.
Ms Lindbloom received her B.A. degree from Gettysburg College and her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. She has practiced law in Georgia for more than 25 years, with an emphasis on issues affecting the lives of low-income children and their families.
Significant litigation with GLSP includes J.L. & J.R. v. Parham, which was a challenge to the voluntary admission and unnecessary retention of children in state mental hospitals; and Cox v. Cox ex rel. State Department of Human Resources and Cloud v. Ledbetter, which were challenges to the state’s illegal pursuit of low income custodial mothers for child support.