Starting Oct. 1, 2018, any able-bodied adult — a person between 18 and 49 years of age without dependents — must either work, volunteer or participate in workforce training programs for 20 hours per week to receive SNAP benefits.
Specifically, the bill rescinds West Virginia’s ability to allow the Department of Health and Human Resources to issue waivers to SNAP recipients from the federal work requirements for able-bodied working adults.
However, people in counties with a 12-month average unemployment rate above 10 percent, a 24-month average unemployment rate 20 percent above the national average for the same period, or a “labor surplus area” as designated by the U.S. Department of Labor, can receive the waivers until October 2022.
Wisconsin, Maine, and Nebraska already have.
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