Post-Pandemic Benefit 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.

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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.

New Hampshire is currently under a Public Health Incident Declaration, which will remain in effect until March 31, 2022.

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.

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.

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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.

ASL users, watch the American Sign Language Video Regarding Medicaid Benefits (YouTube).

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

What do I need to do?

If you receive SNAP, prepare now for a reduction in these benefits. 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, or send an email to continuedcoverage@dhhs.nh.gov.
 

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 updated information, check this page on a regular basis. To complete your Medicaid redetermination, visit the NH EASY Gateway to Services website.

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