Estimated Effect of Recent Proposed Changes to SNAP Regulations

Estimated Effect of Recent Proposed Changes to SNAP Regulations

Regulatory changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) proposed by the Trump administration — tightening the criteria by which states request waivers for able-bodied adults without dependents who do not meet work requirements, restricting states' ability to modify income limits and asset tests, and standardizing the method for determining standard utility allowances — would eliminate or cut SNAP benefits for 5.3 million households, a report from the Urban Institute finds. According to the research brief, Estimated Effect of Recent Proposed Changes to SNAP Regulations (HTML or PDF, 26 pages), 2.2 million households would lose an average of $127 in monthly benefits, while another 3.1 million would receive an average of $37 less a month, although about 2.5 million households would receive an average of $14 more. The report's authors also estimate that SNAP participation would drop by at least 15 percent in thirteen states, including the District of Columbia (24 percent) and Nevada (22 percent), while total benefits would be cut by at least 15 percent in nine states, including Vermont (29 percent), Pennsylvania (19 percent), and the District of Columbia (19 percent).