skip navigation Smaller text size Reset text size Larger text size
Families & Children Women Teens Adults Seniors People with Disabilities
DHHS Home > Bureau of Family Assistance >
Post-Pandemic Benefits Changes

NOTE: If you receive medical, food, cash, or childcare assistance through DHHS, be sure the Department has your updated address and phone number. Log in to your NH EASY account to update your information. If you don’t have a NH EASY account, or need help setting one up, please call us at 1-844-275-3447 (844-ASK-DHHS). You can also visit us in-person, or send mail or fax to any District Office.

NHEasy message regarding new text message option

Never miss a notification from DHHS – sign up to get text messages!

  • Create your NH EASY account at (Already have an account? Just log in!)
  • Click GET TEXT MESSAGE NOTIFICATIONS near the top of the page
  • A verification code will be sent to your cell to confirm your choice

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. The information on this page explains how your benefits will change after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
In March of 2020, DHHS made temporary program changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which included an additional, emergency SNAP allotment and extended SNAP eligibility.

The flexibilities you received as a participant in the SNAP program 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.

Beginning on June 12, New Hampshire will be under a Public Health Incident Declaration, which will remain in effect until December 31, 2021.

The USDA Food and Nutrition Services 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 on a monthly basis under the Public Health Incident Declaration.

New SNAP Changes Beginning October 1

Beginning October 1, 2021, Federal and State laws will change the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These included changes to income limits, the maximum amount of SNAP benefits you can receive, and the amount of deductions you can claim. You will have received a notice letting you know the amount of your benefit.

As a result of the COVID pandemic, SNAP benefits increased for all households by 15%. This was a temporary change and will expire at the end of September, 2021.

Read more about the changes in this update from the US Food and Nutrition Services Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol

Section 6008(b)(3) of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requires DHHS to provide continuous Medicaid eligibility during the federal Public Health Emergency (PHE) declared by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) through the end of the month in which the PHE ends. The PHE became effective on January 27, 2020 and since that time, HHS has renewed the PHE declaration in 90-day increments, the maximum period permitted under federal law.

Complete your redetermination for benefits now to avoid a gap in your medical coverage. Even if you are over income, your benefits will not close until the end of the federal public health emergency.

If you received a PINK notice from DHHS, please follow the instructions in the notice. If your notice states that you failed to complete your redetermination, you must complete one before the end of the PHE. The NH EASY Gateway to Services is a simple way to apply for benefits, complete a redetermination, or upload verifications. You can do all of these things by phone, desktop or tablet. If you do not currently have a NH EASY account, you can create one at

Returning to the workforce and need childcare?

New Hampshire Connections
Providing child care, early learning and afterschool resources & Referrals

NH Connections logo

Rekindling Curiosity
NH Department of Education Summer Camp Opportunities

Rekindling Curiosity logo

Need Rental Assistance?


Need food assistance?

NH Easy logo

WIC logo

*Coming Soon: Pandemic EBT Benefits. Watch for updates!

Additional Resources


Translate this page


New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services
129 Pleasant Street | Concord, NH | 03301-3852

copyright 2016. State of New Hampshire