HB 1820 - Helmer - Temporary Assistance for Needy Families; food stamp program, eligibility, postsecondary education. (Reported from Senate Rehabilitation and Social Services 15-Y 0-N, and Rereferred to Finance and Appropriations Committee)

  • Allows Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and food stamp recipients, to the extent permitted by federal law and regulations, to satisfy or earn exemption from applicable work and training requirements through enrollment in postsecondary education.
  • The bill directs the Department of Social Services to utilize certain strategies to promote such postsecondary education opportunities and streamline the process for certifying compliance therewith.
  • The bill also directs the Board of Social Services, in implementing the Commonwealth's food stamp program, to (i) establish broad-based categorical eligibility, (ii) set the gross income eligibility standard at 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, and (iii) not impose an asset limit.