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Protecting the Safety Net

Food Stamp Benefits and the Waiver Process

By Patricia Collins Murdock & Deborah L. Stein

Unlike the liberal waiver authority granted to the Department of Health and Human Services under Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, the authority of the Department of Agriculture to waive provisions of the Food Stamp Act has strict limitations. This article explains the food stamp waiver process and suggests ways for advocates to influence the process.

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