Maximizing SNAP Benefits Through the Medical Expense Deduction
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Maximizing SNAP Benefits Through the Medical Expense Deduction


Date: July 23, 2013

Time: 02:00 PM ET - 03:30 PM ET

Type: Webinar

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides Americans struggling to make ends meet with much-needed assistance to purchase food for their families.

Households with an older person (60+) or a person with a disability may be eligible for the SNAP medical expense deduction, which allows the elderly/disabled to deduct monthly medical expenses beyond $35 from their gross income, as long as those expenses are not paid by insurance or someone else. There is no cap on this deduction up to the maximum benefit amount, making it extremely valuable for those with high medical expenses.

In this webinar, participants will discover:

  • Who is eligible for the SNAP medical expense deduction.
  • How you can get involved with state advocacy for a state standard medical deduction.
  • Where to get helpful resources and tools to help older adults maximize SNAP benefits by providing proof of medical deductions.

This webinar will be offered two times (July 23 and July 30) to accommodate participants.


Vicky Kimbrell, JD, Health and Family Law Attorney, Georgia Legal Services Program (GLSP)
Vicky Kimbrell leads GLSP’s Health and Family Law practice groups.   She has handled numerous federal and state appellate cases dealing with Medicaid, public benefits, custody, child support, and juvenile law and has written widely on these topics.  She has trained judges, lawyers, and community advocates on health and family law matters throughout the state and nationally. Kimbrell has received several awards for her years of service, including the Director’s Award from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for her work on behalf of victims of crime, as well as the Dan Bradley award from the State Bar of Georgia for her years of service to low-income Georgians. She was recognized by Emory Law School’s Public Interest Committee for her service in the public interest. Kimbrell was appointed to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence by Governor Roy Barnes and received the Commission’s Gender Justice Award.  She also served on the Georgia Supreme Court’s Committee on Justice for Children. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law. 

Ty Jones, Senior Policy Analyst, Center on Budget & Policy Priorities (CBPP)  
Ty Jones works with state and federal officials as well as state advocates to strengthen and improve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Prior to joining the Center, she was the Public Benefits Staff Attorney at the Virginia Poverty Law Center, where she provided technical assistance, training, representation, and policy advocacy in the areas of Unemployment Compensation Insurance, TANF, and SNAP. She also worked as a legal services attorney representing low-income individuals in various civil matters.  Jones holds a law degree from Howard University School of Law and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.

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