Asset testing no longer required for food stamp assistance

Starting Monday, the state will no longer require food stamp recipients to pass an asset test.

Under the requirement, recipients were asked about their bank accounts or holdings, and if they had too much, they would be denied assistance.

According to the Acting Human Service Secretary Ted Dallas, it cost $3.5 million state dollars to implement that test, but it only saved $1.5 million federal dollars.

Dallas also said the test especially hurt seniors and people with disabilities.

Removing the asset test does not mean anyone can receive food stamps.  Recipients must still meet federal requirements.

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