In an effort to enhance programs, an interim committee authorized a plan Tuesday to study employment restrictions on those certifying for public assistance.The interim Health Services Committee, meeting in the Roughrider Space of the state capitol, will certainly gather research information to determine if modifications can be made to improve programs without adversely impacting those who are registered in several programs.Committee members heard about programs that have limitations on hours worked or
earnings from Carol Cartledge, director of the Economic Assistance Policy Division for the North Dakota Department of Human Services.The programs the committee invested the most time on were the Supplemental Nutrition Support Program and the Temporary Help for Needy Households program.”As of March 2015, 45 percent of the SNAP cases were youngsters, 18 percent were elderly or disabled and 37 percent were working, “Cartledge said.SNAP rules For SNAP, grownups without children need to be working at least 20 hours a week or can only receive advantages for 3 months in a three-year period.
Families with an adult have a work requirement of 30 hours per week unless they fulfill certain exemptions, including those for age, pregnancy or participation in other programs. The federal earnings eligibility limitation is 200 percent of the federal poverty level.Federal poverty guidelines for 2015 can be discovered at www.aspe.hhs.gov/2015-poverty-guidelines.TANF regs For TANF, which offers support to households with youngsters with a missing parent, the state increased the eligibility limit last session to 35 percent of the federal poverty level. Those with children more youthfulbelow age 6 have to work 20 hours a week and 30 hours if with a kid older than age 6.