An estimated 11 million Americans receive food stamps, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The Food Stamp Act requires recipients to use the money to buy food, but it also allows them to purchase goods that have no nutritional value.
The new rules will likely make it harder for Americans to get the SNAP benefits they need to feed themselves and their families, especially in the face of rising costs.
The government is proposing a food stamp reform that would eliminate SNAP benefits for the first time in more than 30 years, while giving states more flexibility to decide what to do with the money they get.
The Agriculture Department’s draft rules will go to the White House on Tuesday, and the administration is expected to adopt the rules by the end of this week.
But the draft rules could be watered down if states or states-designated entities don’t comply with the proposed changes.
The proposed rules would limit the ability of states to set their own nutrition standards and require states to track how much food is used to buy goods that may be “essential,” such as groceries and medical supplies.
The USDA is proposing to allow states to require states with the largest populations to track their nutrition standards as part of a nationwide nutrition standard.
States would also be required to collect and analyze data on how much SNAP benefits are being spent on purchases of “essential goods.”
The Food Stamp Board, which is made up of state food stamp agencies, has been working to revise the SNAP Act for years, and a bipartisan group of senators led the push to overhaul the law last year.
The board’s final report was released in May, and it was one of the first reports to examine the impact of the SNAP reform.
The draft rules would also eliminate the SNAP eligibility requirement for people receiving food stamps who are pregnant, disabled, elderly, and unemployed, making it easier for states to expand SNAP eligibility to other low-income people.
The new rules would only apply to pregnant women.
States that use a variety of food stamps programs, such as SNAP and Medicaid, could still choose to use other benefits, such a child care subsidy.
States could also choose to keep food stamp eligibility for people with other conditions, such those with a medical condition, or a job loss, the draft regulations say.
The federal government also is expected not to enforce the proposed food stamps reforms if they cause hardship for people who rely on SNAP.
In addition, states are likely to be allowed to use a state-mandated food stamp program to fund Medicaid, even if they have the ability to opt out.
The proposal is the latest in a string of federal food stamp reforms that have been stalled in Congress for years.
Some of the proposals have been blocked in the courts because of concerns that the federal government could use SNAP as a welfare program.
States are also likely to face additional hurdles in enforcing the new rules.
The Department of Agriculture says that, for example, a state could not require food stamp recipients to prove they are unable to work because of health conditions, or because they are receiving welfare payments to help pay for medical expenses.
But states could still opt to enforce rules that would allow states and local governments to set eligibility criteria for SNAP benefits.
States have been using the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or SNAP, to supplement food stamps in recent years.
The program helps households pay for basic food and nutritional needs, but its eligibility requirements have varied widely from state to state.
States typically use SNAP benefits to pay for rent, utilities, and health care costs, but the federal Government Accountability Office said that it could also help pay some bills that people might otherwise not be able to pay.
The government has long said that people can receive SNAP benefits even if the person is not able to work or is receiving welfare.
States can also opt to waive the requirements if the state does not have enough food to meet basic needs.
But the new proposed rules will also allow states that use the Supplemental Food Stamp Program to make payments to the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), which is the government agency that administers SNAP benefits and provides assistance for low-wage workers.
Under the proposed rules, the state could also pay payments to state and local agencies that administer SNAP benefits, including local food pantries and community gardens, or food banks and food banks.
States may also be able, under certain circumstances, to use SNAP to fund a public education program for low income students.
The USDA’s draft regulations also would eliminate the requirements for SNAP benefit recipients who are unemployed.
This would give states more freedom to choose to provide SNAP benefits without having to pay people who would otherwise not receive the benefit, said Daniel P. Hausmann, a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley.
States aren’t required to provide information about the people they are paying for SNAP and whether they are eligible for the benefit.
The proposed rules say states are not required to disclose eligibility requirements, including that they must not charge individuals