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Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Categorical Eligibility [July 22, 2014]   [open pdf - 415KB]

"The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides benefits to low-income, eligible households on an electronic benefit transfer (EBT) card; benefits can then be exchanged for foods at authorized retailers. SNAP reaches a large share of low-income households. In FY2013, a monthly average of 47.6 million persons in 23.1 million households benefitted from SNAP. Federal SNAP law provides two basic pathways for financial eligibility to the program: (1) meeting program-specific federal eligibility requirements; or (2) being automatically or 'categorically' eligible for SNAP based on being eligible for or receiving benefits from other specified low-income assistance programs. Categorical eligibility eliminated the requirement that households who already met financial eligibility rules in one specified low-income program go through another financial eligibility determination in SNAP."

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CRS Report for Congress, R42054
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2014-07-22
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Federation of American Scientists: http://fas.org/
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