October 20, 2021

SNAP Excess Medical Expense Deductions Toolkit

This post was last updated on September 29, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

To maximize how much you can get in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP or Food Stamps), tell DCF about all of your out-of-pocket medical expenses that are NOT reimbursed. If you are a senior or a person with a disability, DCF must take many of these expenses into consideration when determining how much you can get in SNAP. Fill out the Medical Expense Deduction Form in this Toolkit and turn it in to DCF to make your request. Instructions are at the end of this Toolkit.

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