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Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility

SNAP Cat El allows households who have gross incomes between 130% and 200% of the federal poverty line – but whose costs for other basics, such as shelter, utilities, and child care, render their net incomes at or below 100% of the federal poverty line – to qualify for a SNAP benefit. New York State also uses broad-based categorical eligibility option to eliminate the SNAP asset test.

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USDA Withdraws Proposed Rule

USDA has announced that it is formally withdrawing a proposed rule that greatly limits the SNAP Categorical Eligibility (Cat El) option.

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