Changes Loom For Some Food Stamp Recipients

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Monday, September 30, 2013

People receiving food stamps in Kansas have different rules Monday than they will Tuesday And the reason has nothing to do with a possible government shutdown in Washington.

Starting Tuesday, things will be different for Kansans who are out of work. People between ages 18 and 49 with no dependent children who are capable of working will have to meet a minimum work standard to receive food stamps. Those who don't will need to be enrolled in a federally-approved job training program.

Kansas was under a federal waiver allowing more people to receive food assistance. But state agencies decided to let that waiver expire Monday.

State officials say their goal is to make Kansans self-sufficient. And the rules could get even tougher down the road, as a bill in Congress would allow states to begin drug testing for food stamps.

Nothing is changing for people who have jobs, yet are on the food stamp program.

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