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Massachusetts seniors age 60+ — and people at any age receiving disability benefits — who already receive or are applying for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food assistance, may benefit from additional assistance through the SNAP Medical Expenses Deduction. Through this deduction, those eligible are able to deduct out-of-pocket medical expenses from their income, which can increase their SNAP allotment and enable them to purchase healthy, nutritious food.

Click here to see AARP’s SNAP Medical Deduction flier

For many seniors and people with disabilities, after paying for health-related expenses there isn’t much left over for the purchase of nutritious food. That’s where the SNAP “medical expense deduction” come in. Through this deduction, these folks are able to deduct out-of-pocket medical expenses from their income, in order to increase their SNAP allotment and enable them to purchase healthy, nutritious food.

 

More than half of Massachusetts SNAP recipients are either seniors age 60+ or people (adults and children) with disabilities.”

 

For many seniors and people with disabilities, after paying for health-related expenses there isn’t much left over for the purchase of nutritious food. That’s where the SNAP “medical expense deduction” come in. Through this deduction, these folks are able to deduct out-of-pocket medical expenses from their income, in order to increase their SNAP allotment and enable them to purchase healthy, nutritious food.

For more information, visit the SNAP website of the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance.

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WEBINAR FOR PROFESSIONALS INVOLVED IN SNAP ASSISTANCE

If you’re a manager of a community organization, a food pantry, or are a health care provider who assists low income clients with applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, then please join AARP Massachusetts, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), and the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) for a free webinar SNAP Medical Expense Deduction: Helping to Meet the Food Needs of Massachusetts’ Seniors and Persons with Disabilities” on Friday, March 14 at noon.

Webinar Space is Limited — RSVP TODAY

SNAP policy staff from the Department of Transitional Assistance will also be participating in the webinar and will answer questions. This webinar is intended for those who run and manage community organizations and food pantries, as well as health care providers who assist low income clients applying for or receiving SNAP benefits.

WEBINAR DETAILS

WHAT: Webinar on the SNAP Medical Expense Deduction: Helping to Meet the Food Needs of Massachusetts’ Seniors and Persons with Disabilities

WHEN: Friday, March 14, from noon-1 p.m.

RSVP: Space is limited, so reserve your Webinar seat here asap! After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS FOR THE WEBINAR

  •  PC-based attendees: Must have Windows® 8, 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
  • Apple Mac®-based attendees: Must have Mac OS® X 10.6 or newer
  • Mobile attendees: Must have an Apple iPhone® or iPad®, or a Google Android™ phone or Android tablet