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ABAWD SNAP Status Types

When a person does not have an ABAWD exemption, he or she only qualifies for SNAP benefits when the ABAWD meets the requirements to receive a limited number of "K months" or "Y months" or an unlimited number of "W month" or "M months."

Limited Status Types

"K months" refers to the months when an ABAWD SNAP recipient is not:

  • exempt from work requirements,
  • fulfilling the work requirements, or
  • receiving prorated benefits.

An ABAWD is eligible to receive three full K months in a 36 month time period.  A person can use "K months" consecutively or not.  When the initial month prorates, the ABAWD receives a prorated month (coded as a "P month") and 3 "K months."

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"Y months" refers to the months after an ABAWD

The client earns 3 additional months of eligibility in a 36 month time period.  Prorated months do not count towards the three month total. When the initial month prorates, the ABAWD receives a prorated month (coded as "P month") and 3 "Y months." When the first "Y month" does not prorate, the ABAWD receives only 3 "Y months."

"Y months" must occur consecutively. If there is a break in eligibility, the ABAWD may receive fewer than 3 "Y months."

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Unlimited Status Types

"W months" refers to the months an ABAWD

A person receiving "W months" can receive an unlimited number of "W months" as long as he or she continues to meet the work requirements and is otherwise eligible.

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"M months" refers to the months after an ABAWD

The client can receive an unlimited number of "M months" as long as he or she meets the work requirements and is otherwise eligible. 

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