Dec 4, 2019

Report: Trump's new SNAP rules could push thousands off benefits

A volunteer packs boxes with food to be handed out to needy people. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

The Trump administration is rolling out new rules in April 2020 that could cause 223,000 people to lose food aid benefits, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Officials say the rule will encourage more people to work. However, critics say this is another example of the Trump administration's "efforts to deepen hardships" of the poor while cutting congressional authority over assistance programs, the Wall Street Journal writes.

  • Groups working against poverty says many adults need food aid regardless of whether they are working since some jobs don't pay enough, per the Journal.
  • The new rule will give states more power to refuse to give aid to adults without dependents.

The big picture: This rule is one of many by the Trump administration to limit access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), notes the Journal. The USDA, which oversees SNAP, is proposing its own restrictions on the program.

  • The USDA says the rules will save the government $12.8 billion over 10 years, but could impact 1.1 million people, the Journal reports.

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Trump's proposed changes to food stamps could affect 3.7 million Americans

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Roughly 3.7 million fewer people could receive food assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) if the Trump administration's proposed restrictions are implemented, a recent Urban Institute study found.

What they found: Households in California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington state and Texas would be disproportionately affected by the restrictions.

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Baldwin, Florida, opens government-run grocery store to address food desert

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After the only grocery store in Baldwin, Florida, closed, the mayor opened a market run by the local government to help limit the community's reliance on fast food and dollar stores, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Small, low-income communities suffer in food deserts, where it requires trips that are in the tens of miles to access fresh groceries. About 13.5 million people live in food deserts across the U.S., per the USDA.

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Hospitals vow to take Trump to court

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Hospitals immediately promised to sue the Trump administration after it released two new price transparency regulations on Friday, threatening the future of one of the president's most ambitious health policies.

Why it matters: Politically, the Trump administration could use a win: Most of its other signature health reforms either didn't come to fruition or are tied up in court.

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