Will food stamps stop paying for junk food?

With the SNAP food stamp program now providing assistance to over 40 million people at a cost of $71 billion dollars per year, there are several states that are seeking to change some of the terms and conditions of this benefit. One proposal will be to prevent food stamps recipients from being able to pay for junk food type items, including soda, snacks, ice cream, cookies, and other unhealthy products.

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States are looking to expand Medicaid

When Obamacare was rolled out a few years ago, it provided states the ability to enroll more of their residents into Medicaid. This was an optional component of the program which some states took advantage of and others did not. Now with the recent failure to overturn Obamacare, more local government are looking at providing increased access to Medicaid while they have a chance to do so.

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50% of Americans qualify for 2017 VITA tax return service

The VITA program has now opened for calendar year 2017. The federal government funded program, formally known as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, allows Americans with an income of less than $55,000 or so to file their taxes for free. Note the income ranges can vary slightly by local community. Since the census bureau states that the median household income in this country is about $50,000, this means that roughly 50%+ of Americans could qualify for VITA. So say goodbye to costly TurboTax, H&R Block services, and all those fee based providers!

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