The USDA has that would make over 3 million Americans ineligible for SNAP benefits. The rule would severely cut back a longstanding state option – called “Broad Based Categorical Eligibility” -- and:
- Stop states from increasing the gross income limit that a family can have and still receive SNAP if they have very high expenses.
- Pennsylvania has used this option to increase the SNAP gross income limit from 130% of the poverty level( $2,252 a month for a family of 3) to 160% of the poverty level,
- Pennsylvania’s rule means that families do not lose all their SNAP when they get a raise that moves their income from just below to just above 130% of poverty. The rule creates a “cliff effect” that can make families worse off if they get a raise.
- Under PA’s rule, families’ net income must still be below nationwide limits.
Stop states from eliminating the SNAP asset test, as Pennsylvania has done. The USDA proposal would reinstate a nationwide limit of $2,250 for families, and $3,500 for households with a senior or person with a disability.
- Asset limits trap people in poverty by preventing them from saving for a rainy day. They also penalize low-income families who do save by making them ineligible for the food assistance they need to get by.
- Checking assets adds expensive red tape.