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Politics Trump administration tightens work requirements for SNAP, which could cut hundreds of thousands from food stamps

17:28  04 december  2019
17:28  04 december  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Trump administration proposal endangers food stamps for millions

  Trump administration proposal endangers food stamps for millions "SNAP is related to hunger and getting people the nutrition they need," one food bank representative said. "Food shouldn't be a luxury."Over the past year, the Department of Agriculture proposed three changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP or food stamps. The new rules create stricter work requirements for program eligibility, cap deductions for utility allowances and "reform" the way 40 states automatically enroll families into SNAP when they receive other forms of federal aid.

The Trump administration said Wednesday it had finalized a new rule tightening work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ( SNAP ), which could cut hundreds of thousands from food stamps . The rule would tighten work requirements for able-bodied adults with no

The Trump Administration announced Thursday that it will impose tougher work requirements on adults seeking food assistance. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled the proposed rule, which will strip food stamp benefits from hundreds of thousands of poor workers .

The Trump administration said Wednesday it had finalized a new rule tightening work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which could cut hundreds of thousands from food stamps.

a man wearing a hat and sunglasses standing outside of a building: Thomas (last name withheld) loaded groceries into his car on October 4, 2018 at the Nelsonville Food Cupboard in Nelsonville, Ohio. © Andrew Spear/For The Washington Post Thomas (last name withheld) loaded groceries into his car on October 4, 2018 at the Nelsonville Food Cupboard in Nelsonville, Ohio.

The rule would tighten work requirements for able-bodied adults with no dependents, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in a call with reporters.

It arrives as part of a broader effort to limit access to the federal safety net. The USDA estimated earlier this year that up to 750,000 individuals would be dropped from SNAP if the proposal took effect.

Americans in cold-weather states could be next to feel the impact of restricted food stamps

  Americans in cold-weather states could be next to feel the impact of restricted food stamps About 29 states would see a fall in funding for food stamps, with the hardest hit being those with costly winter heating bills in colder states.That’s because the Department of Agriculture wants to change how heating and other utility bills are calculated into a family’s expenses. When people apply for food stamps, they subtract their state’s typical utility costs from their income, which provides the program with an idea of how much they have left for other expenses. That, in turn, helps determine their food-stamp benefits.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration announced on Thursday that it would seek to put in place more stringent work requirements for adults who rely on food stamps , even as the president signed a sweeping farm bill in which lawmakers had rejected stricter rules.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture proposed a new rule Thursday that would make it harder for states to waive work requirements for some food stamp recipients. The proposal comes after stricter work requirements were stripped from the farm bill President Trump is expected to sign this

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Under current law, able-bodied adults without dependents can’t receive SNAP benefits for more than three months during a three-year period, unless they’re working or enrolled in an education or training program for 80 hours a month.

But states can waive this time limit to ensure broader access to food stamps during an uneven economic recovery.

The new rule, which will take effect on April 1, 2020, will tighten the criteria for states applying for such waivers.

Officials say that about 7 percent of the individuals on SNAP are considered able-bodied adults without dependents (ABWDs) and that the rule will save the government $5.5 billion over five years.

“Americans are generous people,” U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue told reporters on the call. “This is about restoring the original intent of food stamps … moving more able-bodied Americans to self sufficiency.

South Carolina Is the 10th State to Impose Medicaid Work Requirements .
WASHINGTON — Although the courts have so far blocked President Trump’s attempts to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, his administration announced on Thursday that it would allow a 10th state, South Carolina, to condition Medicaid eligibility for many poor adults on proving that they work or engage in other activities, like volunteering. It is the first time the Trump administration has approved such rules in a state whose working-age Medicaid population consists almost entirely of poor mothers.

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