10-144 C.M.R. Chapter 301 - Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Rules; Sections 111-7 and 999-1; SNAP Rule #228 - FRA 2023

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The purpose of this rule is to amend the Able-Bodied Adult Without Dependents (ABAWD) work requirements in Section 111-7 pursuant to the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 (FRA) and consistent with 7 U.S.C. 2015 (6)(o)(2)-(3). The proposed rule, consistent with the FRA, increases the age of those subject to ABAWD time limits to age 52 on September 1, 2023, age 54 on October 1, 2023, and to age 56 on October 1, 2024. The FRA adds new exemptions for ABAWD time limits for homeless individuals, veterans, and individuals aged 24 or younger in Foster Care up to the point that they would not be considered age eligible for Foster Care by the state that made the placement. In addition, the proposed rule would add definitions for Foster Care and Veteran in Section 999-1.

Department staff will continue to manage cases applying all appropriate exemptions and time limits. Some individuals may have their eligibility shortened based on the new age ranges while others may see their eligibility shortened based on the new age ranges while others may see their eligibility extended based on the new exemptions. 

The Department considered the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023 as well as all Code of Federal Regulations and Maine Revised Statutes for the proposed rule changes. 

Material Incorporated by Reference in the rule include:

45 C.F.R. Section 1305 and 38 U.S.C. Section 101(2).

Public Hearing: Tuesday, July 18, 2023 at 1:00 P.M. in rooms Maine A and B at 109 Capitol Street, Augusta, ME 

The Department requests that any interested party requiring special arrangements to attend the hearing contact the agency person identified below by Tuesday, July 11, 2023:

Patricia Dushuttle, Special Projects Manager - SNAP at Patricia.Dushuttle@maine.gov or (207) 624-6907.

Comment Deadline: Monday, July 31, 2023 at 5:00 P.M.. Written public comments may be submitted via the link at https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/about/rulemaking.



Office: Office for Family Independence

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Email: Patricia.Dushuttle@maine.gov

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Rooms A and B Maine 

109 Capitol Street

Augusta, ME 04333

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