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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Proposed rule change could keep 33,000 Coloradans a month from getting SNAP benefits

Posted By on Wed, Jul 31, 2019 at 1:00 AM

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A proposed federal rule would change the process for determining who qualifies for food assistance, and could impact 33,000 Coloradans each month, according to the state Department of Human Services.

The rule would mandate that people between 18 and 59 who are making between 130 and 200 percent of the federal poverty level ($16,910 for a two-person household) could no longer receive benefits through the Supplementary Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP.

Parents whose households bring in between 130 and 200 percent of that amount could only receive SNAP benefits if they also qualify for at least $50 in other federal assistance each month.

The federal government argues that the changes will “create a clearer and more consistent nationwide policy” and help ensure that government assistance programs have a greater positive impact.

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