State officials seek changes to food stamps

Posted at 11:13 AM, Jan 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-19 13:13:00-05

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -- State health officials have unveiled new rules regarding penalties for not meeting the state's food stamps eligibility requirements.

Kristen Matthews with the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare told a legislative panel on Tuesday that agency food stamp recipients currently out of compliance with eligibility standards are allowed to own up to $5,000 in resources.

Non-compliance includes violating probation for drug-related felonies or a household member goes on strike.

Matthews says under the new rule the resource limit would drop to $2,250 or $3,250 for certain households.

Resources do not include owning a home or licensed vehicles if they are used for commuting or transporting a disabled person.

Food stamps are generally thought of as a barometer on a state economy and recovery. Last month, roughly 192,100 Idahoans received food stamps or more than 82,400 households.