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Post-Pandemic Benefits Changes:
Frequently Asked Questions

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has worked to provide continued economic, nutrition and medical assistance to New Hampshire residents. In March of 2020, DHHS made temporary program changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Medicaid, which included an additional, emergency SNAP allotment and extended eligibility for both SNAP and Medicaid.

The extended program assistance and flexibilities you received as a participant in these programs during the COVID-19 pandemic were made possible by federal COVID-19 funding. These flexibilities will end when federal and state COVID-19 public health emergencies end.

New Hampshire’s State of Emergency will expire at midnight on Friday, June 11, 2021. New Hampshire will be under a Public Health Incident Declaration, which begins on June 12 and remain in effect until December 31, 2021. The Federal Public Health Emergency is still in effect.

The following information can assist with your planning.

When is this happening?

Each month, the State of NH must apply to the USDA Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) to continue the Emergency SNAP Allotment. Because the emergency allotment had already been approved for July benefits, your July benefits will still include the emergency allotment. The FNS allows states to continue to provide the emergency SNAP allotment if a state is under a State of Emergency or Public Health Incident and NH will continue to apply for future Emergency SNAP Allotment under the Public Health Incident Declaration.

Continuous Medicaid coverage is tied to end of the federal public health emergency. This means that if you are overdue for your redetermination and do not complete the required recertification process by the end of the federal public health emergency, your Medicaid will close.

How will my benefits change when the emergency ends?

SNAP benefits will return to the amount determined by your household’s current status. Your benefits will be reduced by the amount of emergency allotment.

For Medicaid recipients, if you do not complete your redetermination before the end of the federal emergency, your coverage will end.

What do I need to do?

  • If you receive SNAP, prepare now for a reduction in these benefits. DHHS has set up a web page that lists some of the available resources across the state. You can also call NH 211 or, for families with children, your local Family Resource Center may be able to assist you with additional resources for you and your family.
  • If you receive Medicaid and have received a PINK notice from DHHS, you must complete a redetermination and verify your income, and in some cases, resources, to see if you are still eligible for Medicaid. You can do this now through your NH EASY account. Your Medicaid will not close if you are over income while federal public health emergency remains in effect. If you wait until the public health emergency ends, you may experience a gap in coverage. If you need assistance to process your redetermination, your service provider may be able to assist you.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

You can contact the Client Services Center at (603) 271-9700.

Can I appeal the decision when I stop getting the Emergency SNAP allotment?

You have a right to appeal the decision. However, SNAP is a federal program and the emergency allotment is federally mandated to end on a specific date, and you could lose the appeal. If you lose an appeal, you are required to pay back benefits you received while your appeal was in process.

Where can I get more information?

For more information, please visit https://dhhs.nh.gov/dfa/post-covid.htm. To complete your Medicaid redetermination, visit the NH EASY Gateway to Services website.

 

 
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