public-policy article

The National Assembly Submits Public Comments on The Administration’s Recent SNAP Regulation

September 20, 2019

The new rule, entitled Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would limit Broad Based Categorical Eligibility (BBCE), which allows states to circumvent duplicative application processes by making those who are eligible for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or programs that operate on Maintenance of Effort (MOE) funding automatically eligible for SNAP. BBCE helps prevent the “benefits cliff,” or the sudden loss of SNAP benefits when a family exceeds 130 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) by ensuring that families are only subject to TANF eligibility requirements. This often allows families to continue receiving SNAP benefits while making up to 200 percent of the FPL. For more information on what the rule would do, check out this blog post.

The National Assembly’s comments are available here.