FSSA drops 30-day food stamp processing proposal


Indianapolis - The state is dropping planned changes in the way it processes food stamp applications because it would cost some their benefits.

Secretary Mitch Roob of the Family and Social Services Administration says the agency doesn't believe it needs the change to meet federal requirements that it process 90 percent of applications within 30 days.

Roob says FSSA decided to drop the change after the Food and Nutrition Service told it recently that it processed an average of 91.5 percent of food stamp applications within 30 days during a recent period. Roob says that means FSSA is reaching the goal even without the change.

Roob says the change would have hurt clients by giving them only 30 days to meet application requirements.

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