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SNAP offices throughout NYS are not to impose the Able-Bodied Adults with Dependents (ABAWD) three-month time limit rule.

OTDA will continue to waive the ABAWD time limit rule in all counties from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022.

The ABAWD rule is currently suspended under a statewide waiver that’s in effect through September 30, 2021.

Under normal circumstances, childless adults between the ages of 18 and 49—referred to in SNAP regulations as Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD)—are subject to a time limit rule. SNAP benefits under the ABAWD rule are limited to three months within a three-year period, unless the individual is working or enrolled in a work program for 80 hours each month. The March 2020 Families First law temporarily suspended the ABAWD rule due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

SNAP recipients who are newly determined to fall under the ABAWD time limit rule will be sent a notice about this determination. These letters are not a notice of a requirement to work or take any action. They merely let the SNAP recipient know that they fall under the criteria for the ABAWD time limit rules which are currently suspended.

Other ABAWD Time Limit Rule News

USDA recently released a new report, “The Impact of SNAP Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents (ABAWD) Time Limit Reinstatement in Nine States” that examines the reinstatement of time limits on SNAP participation for able-bodied adults without dependents (ABAWDs) following the Great Recession.

To find out why ABAWD Time limit Rules must be ended read this blog post by Ed Bolen from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

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