Food assistance program—change of name to supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP), amendments to ch 13
HUMAN SERVICES DEPARTMENT
Adopted and Filed
Rule making related to food program terminology
The Human Services Department hereby amends Chapter 13, "Program Evaluation," Iowa Administrative Code.
Legal Authority for Rule Making
This rule making is adopted under the authority provided in Iowa Code sections 234.6, 249A.4 and 514I.1.
State or Federal Law Implemented
This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code sections 234.6, 249A.4 and 514I.1.
Purpose and Summary
As part of the Department's five-year rules review process, this rule making updates the name of Iowa's food assistance program. The formal name of Iowa's food assistance program has changed from the Food Assistance Program to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to be consistent with the name of the federal program and to alleviate confusion around food benefits that are available.
Public Comment and Changes to Rule Making
Notice of Intended Action for this rule making was published in the Iowa Administrative Bulletin on April 6, 2022, as ARC 6283C. No public comments were received. No changes from the Notice have been made.
Adoption of Rule Making
This rule making was adopted by the Council on Human Services on June 9, 2022.
This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.
After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.
Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the Department for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to rule 441—1.8(17A,217).
Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee
The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).
This rule making will become effective on September 1, 2022.
The following rule-making actions are adopted:
Item 1. Amend 441—Chapter 13, preamble, as follows:
The purpose of this chapter is to define the methods and procedures used by the department to provide a systematic process for measuring the validity of the eligibility determinations in the family investment program (FIP), food assistance program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), child care assistance program, and medical assistance program; to provide a basis for establishing state agency liability for errors; and to provide program information that can be used by the department in determining a corrective action plan to ensure the rules and regulations are implemented in accordance with the program rules.
Item 2. Amend rule 441—13.1(234,239B,249A,514I), definitions of "Client," "Public assistance programs" and "State policies," as follows:
"Client" means a current or former applicant or recipient of the family investment program (FIP), food assistance program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), child care assistance program, or medical assistance program.
"Public assistance programs" means those programs involving federal funds, i.e., family investment program (FIP), food assistance program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), child care assistance program, and medical assistance program.
"State policies" means the rules and regulations used by the department to administer the family investment program (FIP), food assistance program Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), child care assistance program, and medical assistance program.
Item 3. Amend paragraph 13.5(3)"a" as follows:
a. Personal interviews are required on all active food assistance SNAP reviews.
[Filed 6/10/22, effective 9/1/22]
Editor's Note: For replacement pages for IAC, see IAC Supplement 6/29/22.