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HHS RELEASES ADDITIONAL LIHEAP MONEY TO STATES

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

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"Heat and Eat" and SNAP Changes in the 2014 Farm Bill

“Heat and Eat” is a term used to describe a streamlining practice that 16 states and the District of Columbia use to determine Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit levels for eligible households.

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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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