New Bill Would Require Means Test for SNAP Recipients

CHARLESTON– A bill introduced in the state legislature this session would require a means test for food stamp recipients.

According to the Charleston Gazette- Mail, Senate Bill 60 and its house companion House Bill 2741 would limit assistance from the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) to households with less than $2,000 in assets or $3,000 for households with elderly and disabled people.

The asset test would take into account a household’s bank account, lottery and gambling income, cash, real estate, and personal property.

Exceptions would be made for retirement accounts, one vehicle and the household’s primary residence and surrounding lot, according to the legislation.

The Department of Health and Human Resources reported that in January 2016, 355,440 West Virginia residents were on food stamps.

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