SNAP exemptions being implemented as work requirements increase
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One of the most controversial elements of the recently approved debt ceiling package was work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
SNAP provides low income households with an average of $6.10 per person, per day, to help buy food.
Under the Fiscal Responsibility Act, both Republicans and Democrats got something they wanted.
Republicans increased the work requirement age from 49 to 54. Now, able bodied adults aged 18 to 54 can receive only three months of assistance every three years unless they meet certain requirements, like working or training 80 hours per month.
Democrats were able to add exemptions for certain vulnerable groups including: homeless individuals, veterans, and youth aging out of foster care.
Now a group of Democrats are urging the Biden Administration to implement those exemptions as quickly as possible. Senators Debbie Stabenow, Ron Wyden, Sherrod Brown, and Jon Tester, all chairs of key committees, say it’s vital for the Biden administration to help state agencies. They said in a letter to cabinet secretaries quote:
“This is particularly timely as states work to reinstate the “able-bodied” time limits following the end of the Public Health Emergency. We also encourage you to work together to ensure that local partner agencies and direct service organizations working with exempt individuals in our communities have the information they need to ensure their clients have full access to the assistance for which they are eligible.”
The Fiscal Responsibility Act states the changes need to take effect no later than September 1st. It will be a massive undertaking because SNAP is a federally funded program that is largely run at the state level. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.