NCSEA Wins Child Support Concession in Farm Bill

The Congressional conferees on the “Farm bill” have agreed to NCSEA’s position that the federal government maintain the state option for child support and SNAP cooperation. Currently states are allowed to choose whether to require child support cooperation when determining eligibility for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The House bill (H.R. 2) would have mandated all states to implement the provision.

In its August 30, 2018, letter to House and Senate conferees, NCSEA noted only six states currently use the option. Farm bill conferees agreed with NCSEA’s recommendation that the federal government evaluate the cooperation requirements before imposing a possible mandate. Section 4014 of the Agricultural Improvement Act describes the criteria to be used in conducting the study, which is due to Congress within three years.

The House and Senate are expected to approve the final bill this week and send it to President Trump for his signature.

Read the NCSEA letter here, and the full Farm Bill here (Section 4014 is on p. 158).

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