Federal and state SNAP law allows all 1 and 2 person households under the gross income test to get a minimum benefit. This rule does not apply to households of 3 persons or more. 106 C.M.R. § 364.600(A)
If you only get $15/month – it is a good idea to get a “SNAP math check- up” to be sure you are getting all the deductions you qualify for. Many 1 and 2 person elder and disabled households often do not claim all their out-of-pocket medical expenses.
Example: Tom and Emily Smith are an elderly couple who receive Social Security for a total of $2,000/month unearned income. The Smith’s pay homeownership costs of $1,000 per month. The couple has not claimed medical expenses and receives just $15/month in SNAP as a “minimum” benefit.
If the Smiths verified medical expenses of at least $36/month, their SNAP would increase to $85. If they verified over $190/month, their SNAP would increase even more.