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Recipient Concerns with the Use of Electronic Benefit Transfer Systems for the Deliveryof State and Federal Benefits

By Barbara Leyser

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 requires states to convert the delivery of food stamp benefits from paper coupons to electronic benefit transfer systems by 2002. While the conversion has advantages, our most vulnerable citizens are not adequately protected under the new delivery systems and are likely to need more basic consumer protections than general consumers.

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