|This regulatory action changes all references to the Food Stamp Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and food stamp benefits to SNAP benefits. The U.S. Congress enacted legislation to rename the program and adoption of the name lessens potential confusion. 22 VAC 40-601-50 amends the regulation to address handling pending applications for the Food Stamp Program. Federal regulations allow states an option to either deny applications after 30 days if the local department of social services is unable to process the application, or to hold the application pending for an additional 30-day period. The Department of Social Services (DSS) would like to adopt the provision to deny an application after 30 days instead of holding it pending for an additional 30-day period before disposing of it. This process would require reopening denied applications if an applicant would subsequently supply needed information to determine eligibility and benefit level after the 30th day but before the 60th day following the application date. 22 VAC 40-601-60 amends the regulation to allow an extension of food stamp transitional benefits to state-funded public assistance programs. Transitional benefits are currently limited to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cases. This amendment would allow transitional food stamp benefits when state-funded programs close.
|Only affects this chapter.
|Executive Branch Review
|This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
|New Periodic Review
|This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
|Name / Title:
|Celestine Jackson / Program Consultant
Division of Benefit Programs
7 North 8th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
|(804)726-7376 FAX: (804)726-7356 TDD: (800)828-1120