The proposed rule would update the program name and references to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Employment and Training Program (SNAP E&T) from FSET to reflect recent updates for the SNAP program. These changes are consistent with the terminology used in federal law, state laws, and regulation. Further, P.L. 2021 c. 398 Part OO made this change throughout Maine's revised statutes.
The proposed rule clarifies federal requirements for case management and job retention services and make other minor updates to clarify working. Each of these changes more closely aligns with the rule with 7. C.F.R. Section 273.7.
In addition, the proposed rule seeks to update Section 8(I) Support Service Limits - Mileage Reimbursement to .46 cents per mile to align with the rate afforded to those covered under the Maine State Employees Association (MSEA) contract. This change would be effective retroactive to March 1, 2023. Retroactive rulemaking is permissible under 22 M.R.S. Section 42(8) as this update provides a benefit to SNAP E&T recipients and does not adversely impact applicants, participants, beneficiaries, or providers.
Office: Office for Family Independence