New, Proposed Foodstamp (SNAP) Rule....

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Could you be at risk of losing your Food Stamps (SNAP/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance)?

 

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has proposed new rules that would cause some households to lose their Food Stamps. There is a public hearing on the proposed rules on:

 

 October 6, 2015, 1:00 p.m. 

19 Union Street, Augusta 

Conference Room 110


 

Here's what the proposed rules would do:

 

Households without children, including seniors and people with disabilities, could lose their food stamp (SNAP) benefits if they have certain assets worth $5,000 or more. Your home and one vehicle would not count toward the new proposed asset limit. 

 

If you have a savings or checking account with $5,000 or more or have some other asset like a second car or boat you could be at risk of losing your Food Stamps.

 

These are examples of assets that would count towards the $5,000 limit: 

  • Cash, checking and saving accounts, Christmas club accounts, stock and bonds
  • Lump sum payments (insurance or law settlements)
  • Certificates of Deposits (C.D.'s), etc.
  • Certain personal property including a second vehicle
  • A small woodlot that you harvest for heat        
  • Recreational vehicles including boats, ATVs and snowmobiles, and other vehicles - even if you use them routinely to help you get around

Maine already has the third highest rate of hunger in the nation- this will make it worse. 

 

Please help us stop these rules from taking effect. 

 

Come to the public hearing on October 6th!

1:00 p.m. 

19 Union Street, Augusta

Conference Room 110

Call or email us if you can be there!

 

Call Ann at Maine Equal Justice Partners at 1-866-626-7059, ext. 210 or email her @ awoloson@mejp.org as soon as possible, to let us know how these changes impact you, your neighbors and your community.

 

Proposed rules can be found at: http://1.usa.gov/1KTbayT







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