BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) – Due to cost of living adjustments, some Louisiana households may see their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other benefits reduced.
According to the Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), the largest increase in 40 years was for Social Security and veterans benefits.
This increase affects families receiving benefits from the Family Freedom Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP), the Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly known as food stamps. Benefits will be reduced in January 2023, DCFS said.
The cost-of-living adjustment is calculated each year based on changes in the consumer price index by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, officials said.
DCFS said that as a result of the COLA increase, 145,330 SNAP families would see a decrease of $47.15 in monthly benefits. After the public health emergency ends, the reduction in benefits may not occur until the emergency allocation is exhausted.
1,414 SNAP cases are said to be closed if income exceeds the eligibility threshold.
Monthly Social Security pension, Survivors and Disability Insurance (RSDI), Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and some Veterans Administration (VA) payments will increase by 8.7 percent due to the 2023 COLA, officials said.
Benefits for individual Social Security recipients will increase from $1,680 to $1,827. The monthly maximum benefit amount for SSI recipients is increasing by $73, DCFS added.
Any family experiencing a reduction in benefits or case closure can contact Louisiana 211. They can provide information on how to get more help.
You can also visit www.dcfs.la.gov/SNAP.
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