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SNAP Time Limit for ABAWDs: What You Need to Know

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SNAP Time Limit for ABAWDs: What You Need to Know

Date Posted: 
11/30/2015

Updated: January 2017 - 19 more counties and several more townships and boroughs are now exempt from the time limit.  In all, 43 of PA’s 67 counties are now exempt, as are parts of 8 of the remaining 24 counties. People who have reached their time limit in those 19 counties should reapply! Click here to see which counties are exempt from the time limit.

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The federal SNAP (food stamp) time limits for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) went back into effect January 1, 2016 in Pennsylvania, with many people beginning to lose their food stamps on June 1, 2016. This is a federal law that was suspended for many years.  Individuals considered “ABAWDs” may only receive SNAP benefits for a total of 3 full months within a 36 month period—unless the person meets an “exemption” or complies with certain work requirements. An ABAWD is an able-bodied adult between 18 and 49 years old who is not disabled,  pregnant, or living in a household with minor children.  Persons under age 18 or age 50 or older are not subject to this rule.

Read our op-ed about how you can prevent people from losing their SNAP benefits.

View our webinar or download the slides below to learn more about how this will impact Pennsylvanians:

 

Click here to view the Power Point slides from the webinar.

Watch this two minute video from Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to learn more about this issue:

 

Download the materials below for information about exemptions, work requirements, appeal rights, and other important information.