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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: June 7, 2017 08:58 AM
From: Representative Kristin Hill
To: All House members
Subject: Child Support Cooperation: SNAP

Parents are entrusted with the welfare of their children, and that trust includes ensuring their children have adequate food. When parents need financial help providing food for their children, we as a society give aid to ensure every child has access to adequate nutrition. Under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, every state has the option to implement a child support cooperation requirement on either custodial or non-custodial parents participating in the program. My legislation proposes to exercise this option in the Commonwealth.

Federal Guidelines provide guidance on this issue for states who take up the options, including notification requirements, good cause expectations (for example, victims of domestic abuse), referrals of individuals to state child support enforcement agencies, disqualification periods and sanctions.

The Commonwealth currently imposes a child-support cooperation requirement for those who apply for TANF and Medicaid. My legislation would extend this type of requirement for those parents who apply for food stamps (officially known as SNAP) by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services to opt into the federal option for both custodial and non-custodial parents alike.

As the first-line of support for their children, parents should be given every opportunity to live up to their responsibility. By implementing this requirement for food stamps, we affirm a primary responsibility of a parent and also provide due diligence to ensure our aid is being used as intended. Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation. If you have any questions please contact Lauren Evans at lmevans@pahousegop.com

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Introduced as HB1559