On July 24, the Trump administration proposed changing one way states calculate who is eligible to receive SNAP benefits. This policy is called broad-based categorical eligibility, and it was designed to give states further discretion to determine who needs food stamps beyond federal requirements.
Under this proposed rule, people whose gross income is 130 percent above the federal poverty line (slightly more than $16,000 for one person) or have more than $2,250 in assets, will no longer qualify to receive federal food benefits.
That means an estimated 3.6 million Americans would no longer receive food stamps under the new rule. That’s nearly one out of 10 households — or 1.9 million homes — where people currently receive SNAP benefits in 42 states and territories, according to Mathematica’s analysis of the data.