Monday, February 6, 2012

Update on SNAP Asset Testing

Fruits and blossomsThe legislature was not in session last week, but that did not stop policy discussions.

 The Department of Public Welfare announced in a press release that it has submitted its final plan to the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to reinstate the asset test for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). The final proposal sets the limits at $5,500 for households (age 59 and under) and $9,000 for households with older Pennsylvanians (age 60 and above) or disabled individuals.

The final levels are above federal thresholds and adjusted for inflation, making them significantly higher than the asset-testing levels enforced until 2008. Pennsylvania last had an asset test in 2008, when the limits in place were $2,000 for a household and $3,250 for a household with an elderly or disabled individual. Please click here for more information.

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