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DCFS: Federal Cost of Living Adjustment to affect SNAP and other benefits

SNAP benefits
Posted at 1:50 PM, Dec 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-21 14:50:33-05

The Department of Children and Family Services says that a federal cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) to Social Security and veterans benefits for 2021 will result in decreases to some Louisiana residents' SNAP benefits.

The adjustment will also affect benefits received through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP).

DCFS says that the COLA is an annual adjustment based on changes in the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers, as determined by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.The 2021 COLA will result in a 1.3% increase in monthly Social Security Retirement, Survivors and Disability Insurance (RSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Veterans Administration (VA) benefits, they say.

The increase in income will affect eligibility and federal benefits for some Louisiana households.

In January, 75,079 SNAP households (about 16% of all SNAP households in Louisiana) will see an average reduction of $7 in monthly benefits, due primarily to the COLA.

DCFS says that another 118 SNAP cases will close, as the increased income pushes those households over the eligibility limit.

The COLA also will trigger reductions in benefits for 7 Louisiana households that receive FITAP.

DCFS says it receives an electronic file from the Social Security Administration that contains individual benefit amounts. According to the department, those income changes have been automatically updated on the SNAP and FITAP cases and will be effective January 2021.

For more information about SNAP, visit

For more information about the federal COLA, visit the Social Security Administration at and the Veterans Administration at

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