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Attention Medicaid Participants: Eligibility Renewals Restarted April 1, 2023
The Division of Social Services (DSS) has changed the following benefit program rules to help protect the health and well-being of Delawareans during the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. COVID-19 program changes are ending soon because the federal public health emergency expired on May 11, 2023.
CHILD CARE: Child Care absent day policies return to normal on June 1
SNAP: Food Benefit student eligibility rules return to normal on June 10
CHILD CARE: Child Care copayments restart on OCTOBER 1 (date subject to change)
Many extra benefits and services available because of COVID-19 will end in the coming months when the federal public health emergency comes to an end. Delaware offers many FREE social service, health, financial, and employment resources.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP households received their final emergency food benefit on February 28, 2023. Starting on March 1, 2023, SNAP households will only receive their regular monthly benefit on the normal issuance date. Households will no longer get extra emergency food benefits on their EBT cards at the end of each month.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) & General Assistance (GA)
TANF and GA households received their final emergency cash benefits on May 31, 2023. Starting on June 1, 2023, TANF and GA households will only receive their regular monthly benefit on the normal issuance date. Households will no longer get extra emergency cash benefit checks at the end of each month.
FAMILY CO-PAYMENTS WILL RESTART IN OCTOBER 2023 (date subject to change)
Families are not required to pay their Purchase of Care monthly co-payment to their child care provider. The Division of Social Services has waived co-payments for families since April 2020.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Purchase of Care Unit at (302)255-9670.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Starting on July 1, 2023, all SNAP households who are renewing their food benefits will be required to complete a renewal interview.
The Division of Social Services' Employment and Training programs can help you gain job skills, find employment, and locate education and training courses. To begin participating with the TANF or SNAP Employment and Training program, please contact your local Division of Social Services office for more information.
FOOD BENEFIT WORK REQUIREMENTS WILL RESTART IN JULY 2023
Starting on July 1, 2023, certain Food Benefits clients who do not have an exemption must follow the SNAP Able-bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) work requirements and time limit rules to continue to receive Food Benefits. Clients who are considered ABAWDs can only receive 3 months of Food Benefits in 3 years unless they follow the ABAWD work requirement.
ABAWD WORK REQUIREMENT & TIME LIMIT INFORMATION
Who must follow the ABAWD work requirement?
You must follow the ABAWD Work Requirement if:
What is the ABAWD work requirement?
What are the Food Benefit time limit rules?
You can only get Food Benefits for 3 months in 3 years if you do not follow the ABAWD Work Requirement.
What are the ABAWD work exemptions?
You do not have to follow the ABAWD work requirement if you have at least one of these exemption reasons and you report it to the Division of Social Services:
TANF WORK REQUIREMENTS WILL RESTART IN JUNE 2023
Starting on June 1, 2023, TANF clients who do not have an exemption must follow the TANF work requirements to continue to receive benefits. TANF clients can only receive TANF benefits while working or participating in the TANF Employment and Training program for the required number of hours each week.
TANF WORK REQUIREMENT INFORMATION
What is the TANF work requirement?
You must work or participate in the TANF Employment and Training program for the following number of hours to receive TANF benefits:
What are the TANF work exemptions?
You may be excused from the TANF work requirement if one of these exemption reasons applies to your situation and you report it to the Division of Social Services:
CASH ASSISTANCE TIME LIMIT, SANCTION, AND EXEMPTION RULES WILL RESTART IN JUNE 2023
Starting on June 1, 2023:
EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS ENDS JUNE 10, 2023
On June 10, 2023, the temporary SNAP student exemptions ended, and student eligibility rules for Food Benefits returned to normal. Students eligible for Food Benefits because of one of the temporary SNAP student exemptions will remain eligible under the COVID-19 student eligibility rules until their next renewal.
Students enrolled at least half-time in an institution of higher education may be able to get food benefits if they meet one of the following exemptions:
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