SNAP Medical Expenses Deduction

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Are You Applying For or Already Getting SNAP (formerly called Food Stamps)?

Do You Have Medical Bills or Other Medical Costs?

If you are elderly (age 60 or older) or a person who is disabled, you may be able to subtract certain approved medical costs from your gross income. Because these subtracted medical costs (called “deductions”) are not included in your income, it may make you eligible to get food stamps. If you are already getting food stamps, the deduction may raise the amount of food stamps you
are getting now.

To be deducted, your medical costs must be more than $35 per month. You may not deduct any medical costs for which you will be paid back (or “reimbursed”). Even if you are not elderly or disabled, you may still deduct allowable medical costs for anyone in your household who is age 60 or older or disabled. The types of medical costs that can be deducted include:

  • Home health aides or health attendants;
  • Prescription drugs and other medications like insulin, if they are
    prescribed by a doctor or other health care professional;
  • Costs of transportation or lodging that are necessary to get medical
  • Medical and dental care;
  • Unpaid medical bills;
  • Medical supplies and equipment like eyeglasses, contact lenses,
    dentures, hearing aids, etc., if prescribed by a doctor.

To apply for SNAP or to find out if you qualify for medical deductions, please call your local South Carolina DSS office or 1-800-768-5700 for general SNAP information.

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Reprinted March 2013