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Children’s HealthWatch’s Public Comment To Oppose the Proposed Changes to Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

On September 16th, Children’s HealthWatch submitted a public comment on the Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Notice of Public Rule Making (NPRM) for “Revision of Categorical Eligibility in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)” published on July 24, 2019. We strongly oppose the proposed changes because decades of evidence show this rule will threaten the health and well-being of working families with children, as well as seniors and other economically vulnerable populations. In this comment, we detail the ways in which this rule will harm child and family health and increase food insecurity and financial hardship for 3.1 million Americans, including 1.2 million children and 700,000 adults living with them.