NAP Covid Boost to Expire in Pennsylvania

Emergency allotments (EAs), often known as more SNAP, will cease to exist after February 2023, and Pennsylvania is one of the 25 states where the SNAP Covid Boost Expires on January 30. Beginning in March, Pennsylvanians won’t receive this boost, and the benefit amount will be determined by your household’s income rather than its size.

The Anticipated Expiration

Leaders in some states voiced worry that prolonged higher benefits for the federal-state SNAP program will deter people from looking for work in a competitive labor market.

 

Although the maximum monthly benefit recipient households can receive has gone up from levels in 2022, some beneficiaries might find that their monthly allocation could have been better due to the boost’s expiration. Despite the modest increase in Social Security payments, prices are rising across the board, from rent and food to gas and electricity, a source posted.

SNAP Benefits in Pennsylvania 

Pennsylvanians are assisted in purchasing food under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). With SNAP, people in qualified low-income households can buy more food at grocery shops and supermarkets, leading to more nutrient-dense diets. For purchasing food, those who qualify to obtain an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) ACCESS Card.


If their income is below a certain threshold, Pennsylvanians may get SNAP assistance. For things like housing expenditures, child or dependent care fees, and medical expenses above $35 for older persons or people with disabilities, SNAP households may deduct these costs from their gross income.

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Pennsylvania DHS Warns About EBT Card Scam

Electronic benefits transfer cards allow Pennsylvania departments to submit; these EBT cards are targeted as bait by scammers. The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services issued an alert about text messages trying to claim the recipient’s card is about to expire or that there is a concern with a benefits transfer. 

DHS does utilize the 1-833-648-1964 number to deliver instructional texts to recipients of SNAP and other assistance. Still, some messages are omitted that are frequently used as a means of money theft.

According to DHS, these SMS are being sent to those who don’t even receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or any other benefit program.