USDA Proposes Change To SNAP Eligibility

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USDA Proposes Change To SNAP Eligibility

One of the changes calls for category-based eligibility by financial criteria.

 

INDIANAPOLIS --  Some Hoosiers are at risk of losing their food insecurity benefits under a new USDA proposal. 

Giridhar Mallya from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation says over three-million-people nationwide could be kicked out of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 

The new rule would end what's called broad-based categorical eligibility. That's a policy that enables households to qualify for SNAP by meeting the financial criteria for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, rather than federal SNAP criteria.  

"Under the current law, state's can loosen the income and asset limits for people in qualifying for snap," Mallya said. "Nationwide if this proposed rule were put in place about one in ten households would lose their SNAP eligibility." 

In Indiana, over 17,000 people could lose their SNAP benefits. The USDA says they are trying to crack down on SNAP fraud and rolling back eligibility could save Indiana tens of thousands of dollars to use for the truly needy.

(PHOTO: Tom Williams/Getty Images)

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