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13. Special rules for the “elderly” and “disabled”

The Food Stamp Program gives special help to people who are “elderly” or “disabled” regarding:

  • how much income they can have and still get food stamps (see the section about income limits).
  • what expenses and how much of their expenses they can deduct from their income (see the section about income deductions for the rules applicable to a household with an elderly or disabled member).
  • how much in resources they can have and still get food stamps (for more details, see the section about how many resources you can have);
  • whether they must fill out periodic report forms (see the section about filling out quarterly reports for related information);
  • whether their income must be counted backwards (“retrospectively budgeted”) (see the section about applicant budgeting rules) for details);
  • whether they have to register for work (See the section about exemptions from work requirements for more information);
  • whether they may be a separate household even if they eat with others whose income is too high to get food stamps (see the section about multiple households in the same house); and
  • the length of their certification period (for more details, see the section about time limits in the food stamp program).
For related information, see the section about how “elderly” and “disabled” are defined by the Food Stamp Act.