States where LIHEAP restrictions may reduce SNAP benefits

States where LIHEAP restrictions may reduce SNAP benefits

In 16 States and the District of Columbia, nominal payments (typically $1 to $5 per year) from LIHEAP have been issued to simplify the SNAP requirements for documenting heating and cooling costs, and to trigger additional SNAP benefits for some households. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the elimination of this practice would reduce the SNAP benefit levels of 850,000 households by an average of $90 per month in the 16 States and the District of Columbia. Elimination of this practice is estimated to reduce SNAP benefits by $8.6 billion over 10 years.


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