Register January 2016 No. 721
Chapter DHS 252
ELECTRONIC BENEFIT TRANSFER
Authority and purpose.
EBT card and PIN security.
Retailer owned or leased POS equipment.
Vendor deployment of EBT-only POS equipment.
Access to benefits.
Benefit availability dates.
Recipient customer service.
Retailer customer service.
Liability for lost benefits.
EBT system security.
Resolution of disputes.
Conversion to coupons.
Ch. DHS 252 Note
Chapter DWD 14 was renumbered ch. HFS 252 under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections were made under s. 13.93 (2m) (b) 6. and 7., Stats., Register January 2003 No. 565
. Chapter HFS 252 was renumbered chapter DHS 252 under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 1., Stats., and corrections made under s. 13.92 (4) (b) 7., Stats., Register January 2009 No. 637
DHS 252.01 Authority and purpose.
This chapter is promulgated under the authority of s. 49.797 (7)
, Stats., for the purpose of administering an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) system for delivery of food stamp benefits, as an alternative to issuing food stamp coupons.
DHS 252.01 History
Cr. Register, August, 1999, No. 524
, eff. 9-1-99.
DHS 252.02 Definitions.
In this chapter:
“Authorized buyer" means an individual designated by a food stamp group to have access to the food stamp account as a secondary cardholder on behalf of the group.
“Card issuer" means the entity designated by the department to issue EBT cards and maintain the card issuance data base.
“Coupon" means any coupon, stamp, type of certificate, authorization card, cash or check issued in lieu of a coupon, or access device, including an electronic benefit transfer card or personal identification number issued pursuant to the provisions of the Food Stamp Act of 1977, as amended, for the purchase of eligible food.
“Department" means the department of health services.
“EBT" or “electronic benefit transfer" means an electronic system that allows a recipient on-line access to their food stamp benefits through the use of a POS device at an FNS-authorized retailer, thereby authorizing the electronic payment of federal funds to the retailer to settle the approved purchase of eligible food items.
“EBT account" means an account established by the department or its EBT vendor on behalf of the food stamp group.
“EBT vendor" means the entity that is, or is teamed with, a financial institution or fiscal intermediary that the department has contracted with to provide EBT services.
“Economic support (ES) agency" means a county department of social services or human services, a W-2 agency or a tribal agency which administers economic support programs, including food stamps.
“FNS" means the food and nutrition service, a subdivision of the United States department of agriculture that has administrative responsibility for the food stamp program.
“Food stamp group" means those persons whose financial eligibility for food stamps is determined together.
“Food stamp payee" means an individual designated by a responsible member of the food stamp group to receive an EBT card and have access to the food stamp account on behalf of the food stamp group.
“Food stamp regulations" means the regulations of the US department of agriculture found in title 7, chapter II of the code of federal regulations.
“Group living arrangement" has the meaning given in 7 CFR 271.2
and is a public or private nonprofit residential setting that serves no more than 16 residents and is certified by a regulating state or local agency.
“IPV" or “intentional program violation" has the meaning given in 7 CFR 273.16
(c), and shall consist of having intentionally: a) made a false or misleading statement, or misrepresented, concealed or withheld facts, or b) committed any act that constitutes a violation of the food stamp act, the food stamp program regulations, or any state statute relating to the use, presentation, transfer, acquisition, receipt, possession or trafficking of coupons, authorization cards or reusable documents used as part of an automated benefit delivery system (access device).
“Manual transaction" means a purchase of eligible food items at an FNS authorized retailer that does not use a POS device.
“On-line" means immediate access, via the EBT card, to benefit information stored in a central computer database for the purpose of authorizing electronic food stamp transactions at the point of sale.
“PAN" or “primary account number" is the number on the EBT card that is linked to the food stamp account established on behalf of the food stamp group.
“PIN" or “personal identification number" means a secret number assigned to the cardholder for use in conjunction with the EBT card to access benefits in a secure manner.
“Primary person" means the person whose name is listed first on the application form as the person applying for food stamps for his or her household.
“POS" or “point of sale" means the place in a retail food store where consumers pay for goods and services.
“POS terminal" means an electronic hardware device used at the point of sale which is connected to the computer system of a third party processor or the EBT vendor and is designed to record, forward and obtain approval for electronic transactions.
“Settlement" means the exchange of information that produces the transfer of funds from one entity to another, completing a financial transaction.
“Supermarket" means a type of business having annual gross sales of $2 million or more.