NAP households in CNMI not required to report stimulus checks

Saipan-- Households that are enrolled in the CNMI Nutrition Assistance Program are no longer required to report stimulus checks and lump sum payments.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) has granted the CNMI’s request for a waiver to exclude the treatment of stimulus payments as resources for NAP participants, Community and Cultural Affairs Secretary Robert Hunter said.

Previously, the NAP sought for clarity on stimulus payments because certain provisions in NAP differ from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Stimulus payments was regarded as a form of non-recurring lump sum payment.

As a result, the NAP Office issued a press release on May 27 reminding households to report changes in their resources, as stated in provisions governing the CNMI NAP program under the NMI Administrative Code.

Money received in the form of a non-recurring lump sum payment shall be counted as resources in the month received unless specifically excluded from consideration as resources by other federal law.

This is a NAP provision of the NMI Administrative Code requires the adult head of household or its authorized representative is required to report changes in circumstances such as changes in income, household size, residence, and resources to its assigned eligibility worker within 10 days after effect of the change.