USDA proposes change to SNAP eligibility

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – 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. In Indiana, over 17-thousand 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. Additional Audio:

Mallya says the new rule could have devastating impacts on underserved communities.

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