Categorically eligible households are households that are exempt from SNAP resource requirements because they receive or are authorized to receive benefits from certain programs.
A household is categorically eligible when all its members qualify for
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash assistance,
- Supplemental Security Income (SSI),
- a combination of TANF and SSI, or
- 211 Oklahoma services.
To qualify, the household must both be eligible for the benefit or service and receive notice of its eligibility.
Households that lose categorical eligibility
Although all Oklahoma households are eligible to receive 211 services, there are certain households that lose categorically eligibility. These households must meet SNAP resource requirements.
A household loses categorical eligibility when:
- a household member receives substantial lottery or gambling winnings,
- a household member is disqualified for an intentional program violation,
- OKDHS disqualifies a household member due to a drug-related felony conviction, certain crimes involving sexual assault, sexual abuse, or murder as an adult, or being a fleeing felon or probation and parole violator, or
- OKDHS disqualifies the head of household for failing to comply with work registration.
Note: categorical eligibility is not the same as categorical relationship. Categorical eligibility is a SNAP concept. Categorical relationship is a Medicaid concept.