In 2019, USDA filed 3 sets of proposed rule changes that would result in significant cuts to SNAP if enacted.
The first of the 3 rules, expanding the time limit for certain childless non-disabled adults subject to strict work rules, was scheduled to go into effect on April 1, 2020 but was vacated by a court decision. We hope that the Biden Administration will not continue with the appeal filed in that case.
The other 2 rules - the SUA rule and the BBCE rule - were both WITHDRAWN on January 15, 2021.
Thank you to all of the Massachusetts organizations who opposed these rules and helped make sure there were no cuts to SNAP. For historical information and MLRI's comments, see below.
Click here for MLRI's summary chart explaining the three USDA proposed rules, status and caseload impact.
For additional information:
Resources on USDA's 3 SNAP rules changes:
1. SNAP Time Limit on Able Bodied Adults Without Dependents - pending "ABAWD" rule:
- 1 page overview of the rule and impact
- MLRI comments (April 2019) in opposition to the rule
- 1/6/2020 Press Release from MA Attorney General Maura Healey on AG's involvement in federal lawsuit opposing the final rule
- See MassLegalServices.org/ABAWD for more information about the time limit.
2. Lower SNAP Gross Income + Imposing Low Asset Test - proposed "Broad Based Categorical Eligiblity" rule:
3. Shelter costs - proposed limit on utility deduction in the SNAP math: