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PUBLIC LAW 104-193—AUG. 22, 1996 110 STAT. 2311 households. The State agency may make a household with extremely low shelter costs ineligible for the allowance. "(6) EXCESS MEDICAL EXPENSE DEDUCTION.— "(A) IN GENERAL.—^A household containing an elderly or disabled member shall be entitled, with respect to expenses other than expenses paid on behalf of the household by a third party, to an excess medical expense deduction for the portion of the actual costs of allowable medical expenses, incurred by the elderly or disabled member, exclusive of special diets, that exceeds $35 per month. " (B) METHOD OF CLAIMING DEDUCTION.— "(i) IN GENERAL.— A State agency shall offer an eligible household under subparagraph (A) a method of claiming a deduction for recurring medical expenses that are initially verified under the excess medical expense deduction in lieu of submitting information on, or verification of, actual expenses on a monthly basis. "(ii) METHOD. —The method described in clause (i) shall— "(I) be designed to minimize the burden for the eligible elderly or disabled household member choosing to deduct the recurrent medical expenses of the member pursuant to the method; "(II) rely on reasonable estimates of the expected medical expenses of the member for the certification period (including changes that can be reasonably anticipated based on available information about the medical condition of the member, public or private medical insurance coverage, and the current verified medical expenses incurred by the member); and "(III) not require further reporting or verification of a change in medical expenses if such a change has been anticipated for the certification period. " (7) EXCESS SHELTER EXPENSE DEDUCTION.— "(A) IN GENERAL.— A household shall be entitled, with respect to expenses other than expenses paid on behalf of the household by a third party, to an excess shelter expense deduction to the extent that the monthly amount expended by a household for shelter exceeds an amount equal to 50 percent of monthly household income afl;er all other applicable deductions have been allowed. "(B) MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF DEDUCTION.—In the case of a household that does not contain an elderly or disabled individual, in the 48 contiguous States and the District of Columbia, Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, euid the Virgin Islands of the United States, the excess shelter expense deduction shall not exceed— "(i) for the period beginning on the date of enactment of this subparagraph and ending on December 31, 1996, $247, $429, $353, $300, and $182 per month, respectively; "(ii) for the period beginning on January 1, 1997, and ending on September 30, 1998, $250, $434, $357, $304, and $184 per month, respectively;