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SNAP's New Work Rules Kick In: Unraveling the List of Qualifiers and Changes

New modifications enacted by Congress to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) have come into effect this month. 

Under these revisions, an increased number of low-income individuals must now demonstrate employment – clocking in at least 80 hours monthly or showing enrollment in educational or vocational programs to qualify for benefits. 

This criteria applies to able-bodied adults under 50 without dependents. Come October, this age threshold extends to 52.

However, exemptions have been granted to homeless individuals, veterans, and those under 24 who transitioned out of foster care. 

Based on data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, these changes may result in nearly 750,000 adults being ineligible for their previous benefits.

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