2010 Session

Budget Amendments - SB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Whipple
Streamline Eligibility for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (language only)

Item 337 #1s

Item 337 #1s

Health And Human Resources
Social Services, Department of

Page 235, after line 46, insert:
"F.  The Department of Social Services shall, to the extent permitted by federal law, in determining eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), implement options for categorical eligibility under 7 CFR 273.2(j)(2) to (1) align SNAP resource limits and methodologies with those in the Virginia TANF program, and (2) increase the SNAP gross income test to 165 percent of the federal poverty guidelines."

(This language amendment will streamline the process for low-income individuals to qualify for federally funded food stamp or SNAP benefits. This change will allow DSS caseworkers to align eligibility for food stamps with those in place for TANF recipients and increase eligibility levels that will primarily benefit low income workers with child care expenses and high shelter costs.)