SNAP Handbook Policy Clarifications

PC Number

Description

Chapter(S)/
Section(S)

PC Date

PFS-20382-503

SNAP Outreach Partners      

503

Revised August 30, 2022

Revised March 22, 2021

March 18, 2021

PFS-20843-522

Guidance on Potential Eligibility for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Medical Assistance (MA) for individuals who have Parolee Status.

522

June 22, 2022

PFS-20935-522

Ukrainian Special Consideration

522

June 21, 2022

PFS-20914-550

Treatment of Donation-Based Crowdfunding, Digital Wallets, Cryptocurrency, and Gift Cards

550

June 1, 2022

PFS-20661-550

Processing Overpayments for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Income

550

March 23, 2022

PFS-20816-171

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Temporary Waiver of Semi-Annual Reporting (SAR)

571

March 17, 2022

PFS-20792-577

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) On-Demand Language on the PA 253

577

February 23, 2022

PFS-20723-578

The use of Social Media to verify Applicant/Recipient Information

578

December 27, 2021

PFS-20654-550

Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) Payments

550

December 9, 2021

PFS-20693-522

Afghan Special Immigrants

522

Revised November 15, 2021

November 8, 2021

PFS-20641-580

Time Frame for Replacement of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits for Food Destroyed in Tropical Storm Ida

580

September 17, 2021

PFS-20610-550

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotments and 15 percent Benefit Increase

550

August 18, 2021

PFS-20622-522

How to Identify the New Population of Afghan Special Immigrants, Individuals and Families of Individuals who Assisted the U.S. Overseas

522

August 13, 20221

PFS-20589-550

Chafee Foster Care Program payments under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (P.L. 116-260)

550

Revised September 7, 2021

August 9, 2021

PFS-20577-550

2021 Advance Child Tax Credit Payment

550

July 27, 2021

PFS-20515-550

Extension of Federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief & Economic Security (CARES) Act Unemployment Benefits

550

June 22, 2021

PFS-20500-550

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Overpayments

550

May 26, 2021

PFS-20488-550

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Benefit Status “In Progress”

550

May 18, 2021

PFS-20425-550

Client appears over income on application

550

April 12, 2021

PFS-20418-550

How should the County Assistance Office (CAO) adjust the Unemployment Compensation (UC) payment at application when a copy of a Claim Confirmation Letter is provided?

550

March 30, 2021

PFS-20343-514

Pell Grant and student eligibility for SNAP

514

February 24, 2021

PFS-20319-550

15 Percent Increase in SNAP and Emergency Allotments

550

February 8, 2021

PFS-20291-571

SNAP Homeless Household SAR code

571

Revised February 25, 2021

January 14, 2021

PFS-20244-550

Finalizing or Continuing the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Unemployment Compensation (UC) Income received due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency

550

Revised February 10, 2021

January 12, 2021

PFS-20275-550

Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Payments

550

January 7, 2021

PFS-20268-550

Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 (H.R. 133) expands provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act of 2020 Economic Stimulus Payments

550

January 5, 2021

PFS-20260-580

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Emergency Allotment Cleanup Issuances

580

December 29, 2020

PFS-20207-571

FS 43 and FS 75 SARS

571

November 10, 2020

PFS-20165-522

Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) Initial Verification Requests and Sponsorship Compliance

522

September 25, 2020

PFS-20115-550

Pennsylvania has been approved to pay an extra $300 per week in disaster assistance benefits as part of the Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

550

September 16, 2020

PFS-19921-550

Counting Hazard Pay for All Programs during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency

550

Revised October 16, 2020

August 25, 2020

PFS-20081-550

Verifying Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Unemployment Compensation (UC) Income received due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency

550

August 19, 2020

PFS-20032-550

Unemployment Income Regarding the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation Payment (FPUC)

550

Revised July 28, 2020

July 10, 2020

PFS-19818-578

Guidance on Verification Requirements during the COVID-19 emergency

578

May 22, 2020

PFS-19961-550

Additional $600 payment in Unemployment Compensation

550

May 14, 2020

PFS-19880-514

SNAP Student Eligibility during the Coronavirus Pandemic

514

April 24, 2020

PFS-19847-870

Acceptable Appeal Requests during the coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency

Not linked

April 23, 2020

PFS-19846-576

TANF and SNAP Processing during the COVID-19 Emergency

576

April 15, 2020

PFS-19848-540

2020 Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act of 2020 (CARES ACT) Economic Stimulus Payments

540

April 15, 2020

PFS-19836-511

Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)

Not Linked

April 3, 2020

PFS-19811-560

Homeless Household Shelter Deduction

560

Revised March 27, 2020

March 24, 2020

PFS-19804-550

Decrease or Termination of Income Due to the Coronavirus

550

March 23, 2020

PFS-19793-580

Completing the HS 764 to Issue an ACCESS Card in Pilot Counties

580

March 4, 2020

PFS-17947-506

Processing Expedited SNAP for ABAWDs

506

Revised February 7, 2020

March 30, 2016

PFS-19353-520

Verification Requirements for Updating a Client’s Name and Gender in eCIS         

520

July 11, 2019

PFS-19339-550

Paying Court Ordered Support to Child in the Household

550

July 11, 2019

PFS-19355-560

Pet Fees and Shelter Deductions

560

July 8, 2019

PFS-19448-503

Fleeing Felon

503

July 3, 2019

PFS-19479-550

Treatment of AmeriCorps and AmeriCorps vista income

550

June 12, 2019

PFS-19267-568

January Recertification for extended SNAP (FS43) and SNAP Mass OTI’s for February Benefits

568

February 21, 2019

PFS-19088-930

Completing the PA 162VR for Verification Related to Exchanges 4 and 5

Not linked

September 6, 2018

PFS-18914-578

Change to ARRC 123 alert due date

578

September 4, 2018

PFS-18617-560

Medical Deduction for Service Animal Expenses

560

August 29, 2018

PFS-18968-540

Resource Limits for SNAP Households

540

July 30, 2018

PFS-18335-550

Treatment of Overpaid Wages By Employer

550

July 26, 2018

PFS-18964-523

Temporary Absence of SNAP Household

523

July 25, 2018

PFS-18960-580

Time limit on restoring returned SNAP benefits

580

July 23, 2018

PFS-18931-577

Adverse Action and Advance notice for SNAP recipients

577

July 11, 2018

PFS-18934-560

Allowable Shelter expense for SNAP household

560

July 6, 2018

PFS-18971-560

Clarification on medical marijuana being used as a medical expense deduction for SNAP

560

June 13, 2018

PFS-18950-522

Non-Citizen Immigration Status

522

May 29, 2018

PFS-18905-571

Signature on SAR/LIN

571

May 2, 2018

PFS-18856-506

Remote Identity Proofing (RIDP) verification of identity for SNAP

506.621

March 20, 2018

PFS-18833-580

SNAP benefits taken offline due to inactivity

580.51

February 22, 2018

PFS-18808-550

Unemployment Compensation (UC) Reduction for 2018

550.3

January 24, 2018

PFS-18765-536

Renewals for Able Bodied Adults Without Children (ABAWDs) who reach their 3-month limit in December 2017

536.3

December 11, 2017

PFS-18760-504

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Hurricanes Irma and Maria Guidance

504.1

December 4, 2017

PFS-18735-536

ABAWD processing and renewal dates at new 3-year period

536.3

October 31, 2017

PFS-18713-504

SNAP Eligibility for Puerto Rico Evacuees

504.1, 510.1

October 16, 2017

PFS-18707-560

Senior Community Services Employment Program

550.516

October 10, 2017

PFS-18486-522

Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) – Upload and Attach Secondary Verification

522.41

May 16, 2017

PFS-18505-510

Medical Assistance (MA) Suspension Process for Recipients Who Have Been Incarcerated

Not linked

May 24, 2017

PFS-18433-578

Verification of Terminated Income

578.3

April 18, 2017

PFS-18434-578

No Income Reported at Application and Renewal

578.3

April 18, 2017

PFS-18102-575

ABAWD Exhausts Time Limited Benefits and Appeals the Closure

575.25

July 7, 2016

PFS-18048-575

VA Disability and ABAWD Eligibility

575.25,  577.1

June 2, 2016

PFS-17989-575

Questions regarding policies and systems issues related to ABAWDs

575.25

April 28, 2016

PFS-17969-560

PA CAP updates to shelter costs

560.82

April 21, 2016

PFS-17885-503

Fleeing Felons and SNAP

503.55

March 1, 2016

PFS-17827-572

Increase in Gross Social Security Income and Medicare Part B Premium Effective January 2016

572

January 14, 2016

PFS-17801-523

PA CAP Closings for Inter-county transfers

523.5

December 10, 2015

PFS-17721-506

Expedited SNAP benefits review for untimely SNAP renewals

506.4, 576.4

October 13, 2015

PFS-17665-506

Expedited SNAP Review for Households Currently Receiving SNAP

504.3, 506.1,

August 25, 2015

PFS-17644-503

e-Signatures and Community Partners

503.7, 504.1, 506.21

August 6, 2015

PFS-17638-578

SNAP Verification Requests and Rejections

578.1

July 2015

PFS-15802-580

Replacement SNAP benefits for Food Lost in a Household Misfortune     Revised June 25, 2015

580.52

June 25, 2015

PFS-17511-578

Resource Test and Pended Applications

578

April 27, 2015

PFS-17428-504

Turbo Tax Applications

504.1, 506.2

January 29, 2015

PFS-17329-506

Expedited Scratchpad

506

October 7, 2014

PFS-17300-506

Expedited SNAP Scratchpad Issues

506

October 2, 2014

PFS-17324-578

Changes in SSA Field Office Verification Services

578

October 2, 2014

ESA-17263-135

SPALs Beyond 12 months Voc-Ed Time

535.43

August 7, 2014

PFS-17131-578

Additional Verification of UC/EUC Benefit Status

578.3

May 7, 2014

PFS-17095-578

Extended Unemployment compensation (EUC) and Data Exchange 2

550.1, 578.81

April 14, 2014

PFS-17075-578

Verification Requirements and Options

 578

April 1, 2014

PFS-17029-506

Expedited Entitlement and Eligibility -Revised 06/24/14-

 506

June 24, 2014

PMA-16999-318

2014 Federal Poverty Income Guidelines

 Not Linked

January 22, 2014

PFS-16990-578

Changes in SSA Field Office Verification Services

578

January 27, 2014

PFS-16909-578

Reviewing for Child Support

550.3, 578.32

November 1, 2013

ESA-16863-535

SPAL Mileage for SNAP E&T Participants

535

October 10, 2013

PO-16867-950

Social Security Number Delays Due to the Shutdown

506.63

October 7, 2013

PFS-16848-572

November 2013 SNAP Benefits

572.2

September 18, 2013

PFS-6841-575

Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)

575.24

September 11, 2013

PFS-16745-550

MA co-pay rebate checks

550.5

July 9, 2013

PFS-16719-580

Issuing Suspended SNAP Benefits

580.2

June 20, 2013

PFS-16708-550

Resource Determination for Individuals without Bank Accounts

540.3, 540.8, 571.1

June 16, 2013

PFS-16703-578

Verification of Resources at Application

540.8, 578.3

June 13, 2013

ESS-16652-535

SPAL eligibility for Self-Initiated SNAP Recipients

535

May 21, 2013

PFS-16615-150

Unemployment Compensation and Sequestration (Revised)

550.3

Revised May 20, 2013

PFS-16614-550

Unemployment Compensation (UC) Reduction

Not linked

April 24, 2013

PFS-16618-576

Issuing the PA10SFSP at Alignment when the SNAP Renewal is not

576.2

April 24, 2013

PFS-16543-522

Medical Assistance and SNAP benefits for Individuals Subject to the Five Year Bar

522.32

Revised April 8, 2013

PFS-16418-580

Verification Needed for SNAP Replacement Benefits

580.5

November 13, 2012

PFS-16412-579

Semi-Annual Reporting and Renewals for October 2012

576

November 7, 2012

PFS-16409-580

Suspension and Closures for Cash and SNAP Benefits for November

580.5

November 5, 2012

PFS-16408-580

Time Frame for Replacement of SNAP Benefits for Food Destroyed in Hurricane Sandy

580.5

November 2, 2012

PFS-16405-580

Hurricane Sandy and Replacement of SNAP benefits for food destroyed in a household misfortune or disaster

580.5

November 1, 2012

PFS-16329-575

Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWDs)

575.24

September 25, 2012

PFS-16250-576

Requirement for a Signed PA 10SFSP at SNAP Renewal

576

June 22, 2012

ESA-405-535

When Can a SNAP Client be Eligible for Special Allowances to Support Education

535

June 5, 2012

ESA-406-535

Vehicle Insurance Required for Car Purchase

535

June 4, 2012

PFS-16211-512

Expanded Categorically Eligible SNAP households

512

June 4, 2012

PFS-15361-930

Law Enforcement Requests for Information

Not linked

July 7, 2010
Revised May 8, 2011

PFS-16170-578

PARIS Federal Match Issues

578

May 1, 2012

PFS-16167-576

Budget Alignment Issues

576

April 24, 2012

PFS-16058-576

Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Budget Alignment

Not linked

January 23, 2012

PFS-15990-576

Cash/MA/SNAP Budget Alignment

576.1

November 9, 2011

PFS-15986-570

Reported Changes

Not linked

November 3, 2011

PFS-15908-578

Verification of Exhausted Unemployment Compensation Benefits

Not linked

August 29, 2011

PFS-15884-550

Unemployment Compensation in Pennsylvania

Not linked

August 8, 2011

PFS-15802-580

Replacement SNAP Benefits for Food Lost in a Household Misfortune

Not linked

June 6, 2011

ESA-393-535

Can SPAL be authorized under MA since there is no SC category

Not linked

May 24, 2011

PFS-15799-580

Multiple EBT Card Replacement Requests

Not linked

May 3, 2011

PFS-15675-506

Expedited SNAP Benefits - Heat and Eat and the SUA

Not linked

April 5, 2011

PFS-15660-504

Transmittal of Client Information via E-mail

Not linked

February 14, 2011

PFS-15570-506

Documenting the SNAP Expedited Service Review

506

December 3, 2010

PFS-15543-511

SNAP Eligibility for Residents of Institutions

Not linked

November 12, 2012

PFS-15559-576

Pa CAP and Renewal Requirements

576.1

November 10, 2010

PFS-15506-522

Puerto Rico Birth Certificate Validity Extension

520.1, 522.2, 578.3

October 14, 2010

PFS-15423-504

SNAP Request at Interview for Another Program

504.1

August 5, 2010
Revised 8/6/2010

PFS-15411-550

Update on UC, EUC, and EB in Pennsylvania

550.3

August 2, 2010

PFS-15237-560

Allowable Shelter Deductions

560.81

April 13, 2010

PFS-15221-504

SNAP Interview Appointment

504.4

April 6, 2010

PFS-15175-512

Categorical Eligibility and Notices

512.31, 577.1

March 17, 2010

PFS-15139-550

Temporary Employment with the United States Census bureau and Restores SNAP Benefits  

550.2, 550.5

February 22, 2010

PFS-15081-550

Unemployment Compensation (UC) Reduction

550.3

January 21, 2010

PFS-15005-550

Treatment of Makeup SPT's

550.5

November 3, 2009

PFS-14988-550

Reimbursement of Out-of-Pocket Subsidized Child Care Expenses

550.3

October 19, 2009

PFS-14955-560

SNAP Standard Deduction for 1, 2, and 3 Person Households

560.3

September 17, 2009

PFS-14908-506

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Benefits for State Employees

Not linked

August 7, 2009

PFS-14904-567

Income from State Employees for the Supplemental Nutrition Program (SNAP)

Not linked

August 6, 2009

PFS-14861-503

Addendum to Application for Benefits (AAB) and COMPASS

503.42, 560.1, 578.2

August 4, 2009

PFS-14617-503

Paper Food Stamp Coupons

503.2

February 11, 2009

PFS-14542-550

Simmons vs Snider Settlement Reimbursement Check

Not linked

December 12, 2008

PFS-14493-578

Information on IEVS Exchange 10

578.81, 578-A

November 13, 2008

PFS-14465-510

Shared Custody Issues

510.22

October 29, 2008

PFS-14486-577

Stockpiled Manual Notices

577.1

October 29, 2008

PFS-14484-571

Tracking the Resource Questions on SAR/LIN for Food Stamp Cases

571.32, 571.52

October 28, 2008

PFS-14466-550

Payments Received by Military Personnel Assigned to a Designated Combat Zone

550.5

October 16, 2008

PFS-14446-550

Interest Income Exclusion and Expanded Categorical Eligibility

550.3, 550.5

October 27, 2008

PFS-14456-550

Individuals Receiving Social Security from Multiple Claims

550.3

October 14, 2008

PFS-14455-550

Individuals Receiving Veteran's Benefits from Multiple Claims

550.3

October 14, 2008

PFS-14285-568

Work Support Component and Extended Food Stamps

568.8

June 23, 2008

PFS-13825-576

NOMI and Missed Phone Contact

576.4

March 24, 2008

PFS-1360-511

Homeless Shelters and Food Stamp Use

511.24

November 5, 2007

PFS-13614-575

Meeting the 20-hour Weekly Work Requirement

575.28

July 31, 2007

PFS-1366-7504

Application Interview Rescheduled Beyond 30 Days

504.61

May 9, 2007
Revised 6/8/2007

PFS-13676-506

Use of PA/FS 163

506.5

May 14, 2007

PFS-13622-576

Notice Of Missed Interview Language

576.4

April 11, 2007

PFS-13637-512

Categorical Eligibility and Violation of Probation or Parole

512.1

April 10, 2007

PFS-13664-576

Notice of Missed Interview (NOMI) at Renewal

576.4

April 5, 2007

PFS-13574-570

PA CAP - OTIs When Change in Shelter Reported

570.41

March 1, 2007

PFS-13453-570

Reporting Requirements/Averaged Income

570.22

November 28, 2006

PFS-13383-511

Duplicate Benefits/New Household Not in Certified Shelter

511.91

November 15, 2006

PFS-13296-575

Certification Period - ABAWDS in Waived Counties

575.23

August 28, 2006

PFS-12990-511

For Profit D & A Treatment Centers

511.6

April 13, 2006
Revised 6/14/2006

PFS-12964-575

ABAWD / 20 Hours a Week and Minimum Wage

575.28

June 6, 2006

PFS-13048-576

Renewal Form Received After Closing

506.2, 576.4

May 23, 2006

PFS-12890-576

Telephone Renewal Issues/Letters and Phone

576.2

May 11, 2006

PFS-12992-568

Net Income Exceeds level for Which Benefits are Issued

568.121, 568-E

May 10, 2006

PFS-12979-576

Untimely Recertification Issues

506.2, 576.4

May 3, 2006

PFS-12876-506

Application Issues - Application Forms, FS Posters

506.2

May 3, 2006

PFS-12830-576

Combination Cash/FS Renewals/May not Change Renewal Date

576.2

March 9, 2006