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Post-Pandemic Benefits Changes

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.

Medicaid
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 nheasy.nh.gov.

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