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Cuts to SNAP Benefits are Less Than Expected

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Before the Farm Bill passed many speculated various changes to SNAP benefits here in Montana, but it looks like the changes will be minimal to none.

Many speculations came with the Farm Bill, especially cuts to the food assistance program, SNAP, which the cuts are not going to be as bad as the $90 a person thought initially. Instead the Department of Public Health and Human Services is saying many won't see any cuts, and they are seeing the only cuts happening to the Heat and Eat program.

"Heat and Eat is people that are determined eligible for the lear out program and so there were some changes there and basically if you are in the lear out program that makes you eligible for a standard utility allowance that gives you a deduction in your income." said Jon Ebelt from the Department of Public Health and Human Services.

There are about 2,000 people in Montana that utilize the Heat and Eat service, and the Department of Public Health and Human Services will know the effects of the changes with that program within a few months.

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