February is the last month that households that receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits will also receive an emergency SNAP allotment.
The federal government created the monthly emergency payment to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We have been helping to prepare families for this change,” Stacy Cox, director of the Champaign County Department of Job and Family Services (CCDJFS), said. “In March, SNAP families will return to receiving just one monthly payment, their standard SNAP benefit.”
She advises households that will need additional food assistance when the emergency SNAP allotment ends to reach out to the following community resources:
The ending of the emergency payments is the result of federal law, so the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and local JFS offices like CCDJFS have no authority to make exceptions, Cox said. “Our office will not be able to return any calls associated with the loss of the emergency allotment.”
Medicaid eligibility reviews to resume in April
Cox added that under the same federal law, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, the Medicaid program will resume conducting full eligibility redeterminations of Medicaid recipients. These reviews had been put on hold due to the pandemic.
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