Author: Jon Dunn

  • The Food and Nutrition Service issues proposed rule for SNAP work requirements (2024)

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    The Food and Nutrition Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a proposed rule on April 30, 2024, to incorporate the new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) work requirements that passed in June as part of the Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2023. Two of the proposed rule’s provisions deal with exceptions to the SNAP…

  • Mississippi bill to expand Medicaid with work requirements dies in negotiations (2024)

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    A Medicaid expansion bill in Mississippi died in negotiations between the Mississippi House and Senate, primarily over the inclusion of work requirements in the final version, resulting in its failure to pass before the session deadline on May 2, 2024. The Mississippi House of Representatives passed House Bill 1725 on February 28, 2024, with a…

  • Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoes two SNAP work requirement bills

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    Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs (D) vetoed two bills on April 2, 2024, aiming to implement work requirements for individuals enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps. Both bills passed along party lines in the Republican-controlled legislature.  HB 2502 would have required able-bodied adults under 60 who are receiving SNAP…

  • Mississippi House advances Medicaid expansion with work requirements

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    The Mississippi House of Representatives passed H.B. 1725 on February 28, 2024, which would expand Medicaid eligibility for people who earn up to 138% of the federal poverty level and meet work requirements. The bill directs the Mississippi Division of Medicaid to apply for a waiver from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services…

  • West Virginia Senate advances work requirements expansion for SNAP benefits

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    The West Virginia Senate on February 23, 2024, passed Senate Bill 562, which aims to raise the age of able-bodied adults without dependents who must meet work requirements to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits in the state. Current federal requirements mandate that able-bodied adults without dependents are required to work if they are…

  • South Dakota Senate passes resolution on Medicaid work requirements

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    The Republican-led South Dakota Senate passed Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 501 on January 25, 2024, which would ask voters to weigh in on a proposed constitutional amendment allowing for work requirements in the state’s expanded Medicaid program. South Dakota voters in November 2022 approved a constitutional amendment to expand Medicaid to people who earn up…

  • Georgia sues Biden administration over rejection of Medicaid work requirement program extension

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    The state of Georgia filed a federal lawsuit against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on February 2, 2024, to obtain an extension on the state’s Medicaid program—currently the only state program in the country with a work requirement.  Georgia Pathways to Coverage, an…

  • Kansas Governor seeks to expand Medicaid with work requirements

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    Kansas Governor Laura Kelly (D) on December 14, 2023, proposed legislation to expand the state’s Medicaid program with work requirements for certain enrollees. The Cutting Healthcare Costs for All Kansans Act would require adults under 65 to provide employment verification to qualify for Medicaid.  The bill aims to expand Medicaid to approximately 150,000 Kansans who…

  • New federal SNAP work requirements take effect September 1

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    Starting September 1, 2023, new Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) rules go into effect requiring some older Americans to work to qualify for food assistance, while also exempting other groups from working. These SNAP work requirement modifications were included in the Fiscal Responsibility Act enacted on June 3, 2023, as part of the negotiations between…