Department of Human Services

Food Stamp Online  Policy Manual

Introduction and Right to Apply






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(1)      Any person wishing to do so shall have the opportunity to apply for Food Stamps/Families First without delay.  (Refer to Section 1240-1-5 for policies regarding Expedited Service in Food Stamps).


(2)      Information about the programs of assistance administered by the Department of Human Services (DHS) (Food Stamps/Families First/Medicaid) shall be provided to any person requesting it.


(3)      Applications must be filed in the DHS Office in the county of the applicant’s residence and must be on a form prescribed by the agency.  The application must be filed by the applicant himself, his authorized representative or designated agent, or someone acting responsibly for him.


(4)      An applicant may be assisted by any individual of his choosing in the various aspects of the application/redetermination of eligibility process.  However, it is unlawful for any person/agency to charge or receive anything of value, either directly or indirectly, for providing such assistance to a person requesting aid.


(5)      A person found eligible for Families First cash payments is eligible for Medicaid benefits without filing a separate application.


(6)      Proof of eligibility is not required of a person prior to his filing an application.


(7)      The right to file an application shall not be denied to any person even though it is apparent to the worker that eligibility for Food Stamps/Families First benefits does not exist.


Glossary of Terms


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