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Center for Economic Policy report shows time limits, other challenges hinder of SNAP E&T program

More than 10,000 Kentuckians have lost food assistance in recent months as a result of the state’s decision to expire time limit waivers for some Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants. A new report from the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP), “Time Limits and Other Challenges Hinder Success of Kentucky’s SNAP E&T Program,” shows the state’s recent expansion...

Federal officials say Kentuckians’ SNAP benefits will be protected as government shutdown drags on

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Federal officials say fallout from the government shutdown will not impact the food security of families already living on the edge in Kentucky and other states. There were concerns that funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP could dry up after January, but the Department of Agriculture announced this week that it is working with states...

10,000 Kentuckians face new struggle to provide for families as SNAP benefits work requirements begin

Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Putting food on the table has become a much bigger struggle this year for tens of thousands of Kentuckians. The state began reinstating work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on a county-by-county basis back in February. And since May, new data shows one-in-five people subject to the requirement have since lost SNAP assistance. More than...

Commentary: Kentucky organizations urge protection of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

By Dustin Pugel Policy Analyst, Kentucky Center for Economic Policy One in seven Kentuckians has food on their table in part thanks to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). SNAP lifts 164,000 Kentuckians, including 73,000 children, out of poverty. It sends nearly $1 billion a year to grocery stores and our state’s economy, and injects even more into our local communities during hard...

New poll shows voters don’t support cuts to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Congress is considering cuts to a key hunger-fighting program, a move that a new survey shows wouldn’t be popular among voters. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program provides food assistance to about 650,000 Kentuckians, and a new poll by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research reveals that nearly two-thirds of people said they were opposed to reducing SNAP...

Critics say new Medicaid rules will result in greater loss of coverage than Bevin administration estimates

Changes in the state Medicaid program, to be phased in starting July 1, would lead to many more people losing health coverage than the state has estimated, 43 academic experts say in a friend-of-the-court brief filed in a lawsuit challenging federal officials’ approval of the changes. The experts argue that the changes are “likely to remove at least twice as many beneficiaries in the first...

Kentucky simplifies Child Care Assistance Program application process with online service benefind

It’s now easier for Kentucky families to apply for child care assistance funds. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department for Community Based Services (DCBS) has moved eligibility services for its Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) into benefind, the public assistance web portal used by customers to apply for other state assistance programs. The online service, benefind, is already...

State agencies collaborate to provide employment, training opportunities to SNAP recipients

Kentuckians who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and are eligible for the federally funded Employment and Training (E&T) program will now receive assistance from Kentucky Career Centers to meet education and employment training needs. To better serve the people of Kentucky, several agencies in the state government created a new system for SNAP recipients to access...

State makes job training programs available to help residents maintain SNAP benefits eligibility

Participation in Kentucky’s Employment and Training (E&T) Program recently changed for certain adults receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits in 20 counties, allowing the state to expand access to E&T services to more SNAP recipients statewide. Effective October 1, 2017, able-bodied adults in these 20 counties who are between the ages of 18 and 49 and have...

Study finds Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funding insufficient for a healthy diet

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, only covers 43 to 60 percent of the cost of the federal nutrition guidelines, according to a study by researchers who say policymakers should consider that as they propose deep cuts to the program. “Even though SNAP is not designed to cover all of the cost of food – it’s meant...

Kentucky hunger problem not getting better as debate continues over assistance program

  By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   While debate goes on in Washington over proposed spending cuts to the nation’s largest food assistance program, legislators in Kentucky recently heard of how great the food insecurity issue is closer to home.   Tamara Sandberg with the Kentucky Association of Food Banks told the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture that funding is needed...