The White House has proposed a new rule that would increase hunger for millions of Americans. The plan would require some states to reduce gross income limits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) applicants. It also would force 42 states, including Alabama, to impose resource limits on applicants.
More than 3 million people would become ineligible for food assistance under the change, federal officials estimate. You can use this portal from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) to submit a public comment on the proposal now through Sept. 23.
The plan would require Alabama to impose an asset test, adding new red-tape barriers for nearly all SNAP participants. The state would have to verify numerous assets – including cash, property on which the family does not live, and the resale value above $4,650 for many vehicles – before a family could get assistance. Families with more than $2,250 in assets (or $3,250 for seniors or people with disabilities) would be denied SNAP.
Public policy shouldn’t discourage families to save small amounts to cover automobile repairs, unexpected medical bills or other emergencies. And many seniors have small savings accounts for long-term care or funeral expenses. But reinstating the asset test would punish these struggling families and seniors by denying them essential food assistance.
Federal officials will accept public comments on the proposal until Sept. 23. They must read and consider every comment, so please share your thoughts! Click here to submit your comment today through FRAC’s comment portal.