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Governor Tom Wolf ends asset test for food stamps

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 22, 2015 2:57 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- Governor Tom Wolf is ending a rule that prevented people with some minimal personal assets from collecting food stamps. 

The state Department of Human Services says it was ending the asset test by notifying the federal Food and Nutrition Service. 

The test, which covered cash, stocks, personal property and other items, was begun under Wolf's predecessor, Governor Tom Corbett. 

The administration estimates the change will save about $3.5 million a year, reducing administrative costs and errors. Officials say errors in measuring assets disproportionately affected disabled and older recipients.  

Food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, help about 1.8 million Pennsylvanians. 

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