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Federal Issues | Human Services

HHS Releases Additional LIHEAP Money to the States

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, HHS' Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced the release of an additional $454 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds on January 30. 

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FEDERAL UPDATE: SNAP

Summary of the effect on federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allotments related to fiscal year 2014 cost-of-living adjustments and the end of the maximum allotments authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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UNCERTAINTY ON FARM BILL

Farm Bill Conferees are scheduled to meet on Oct. 30 to begin negotiating the differences between the House and Senate farm bill proposals in an efforts to finalize reauthorization of the Farm Bill.  NCSL summaries and communication to Congress concerning proposals to reform the nutrition title during the 2013 Farm Bill Reauthorization. (webpage in development)

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OVERVIEW | FEDERAL ISSUES

Human Services programs play a key role in supporting individuals with disabilities, the aged population, low-income working families and families at-risk, children, and care provider networks. Through federal-state partnerships significant resources are available to enable individuals and families to become more independent and self sustaining over time. States have responsibilities in designing, implementing, and administering their welfare programs to comply with federal guidelines as defined by federal law. Understanding policy and funding options in federal law and regulations and how they impact state implementation  is essential to navigate the fluctuating needs of constituents.

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