Georgia CAFE is a UGA-Community-Government Collaborative Project that trains community advocates and supports policy changes that help low-income older and disabled Georgians access food through assistance in obtaining benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps).

Updates

**New Standard Medical Expense Deduction in Georgia Helps Older Adults and Individuals Potentially Qualify for More SNAP Benefits

Georgia’s Standard Medical Expense Deduction (SMED) received Federal approval and became effective on October 1, 2015.  With the SMED, a standard medical expense deduction of $150 is applied to the income used in the calculation of SNAP benefits.  The SMED works by allowing applicants or current SNAP recipients to claim out-of-pocket medical expenses over $35 per month up to $185 without verifying all expenses.  To be eligible for the deduction, verification of monthly out of pocket medical expenses exceeding $35 per month must be submitted by the applicant or current SNAP recipient.  If the person or persons have more than $185 a month in out of pocket medical expenses, the actual amount can be claimed. See the two links below for more infomation.

What Expenses Are Included?

Unreimbursed Medical Expense Form (You Can Use This to Submit With Your Verification of Medical Expenses)

**Former Drug Felons May Soon Be Able to Apply for SNAP Benefits in Georgia

The policy in the state of Georgia is that persons who been convicted of a drug-related felony after 8/22/96 would not be able to apply for SNAP benefits.  The Governor of Georgia signed legislation lifting the ban on SNAP benefits for former drug felons on April 27, 2016!  As long as a former drug offender complies with his or her conditions of probation and parole, he or she will be allowed to apply for SNAP benefits in Georgia beginning July 1, 2016.  Stay tuned for details on implementation of this major policy change.