Sneak Preview: N.H. Urged To Enhance Cash Assistance Rules

October 23, 2013 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

xsass_bookshot(The following was excerpted from an article in the Single Audit Information Service.) The New Hampshire Division of Family Assistance plans to update its administrative rules to better explain the electronic benefits transfer card restrictions in the State Supplemental Programs and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, in response to a recent audit by the state’s Office of Legislative Budget Assistant.

In New Hampshire, DFA administers cash assistance programs available to low income individuals. These programs consist of the State Supplemental Programs (i.e., the Old Age Assistance, Aid to the Permanently and Totally Disabled, and Aid to the Needy Blind programs), TANF and the Refugee Cash Assistance program. These programs are separate from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

The agency provides benefits by check, through electronic fund transfers into a bank account or through electronic benefits transfer cards. However, in an audit of DFA’s use of EBT cards in the cash assistance programs for the first nine months of fiscal year 2013, OLBA found that neither state law nor the DFA clearly defined the objectives of the cash assistance programs or the specific types of items for which the assistance was intended to be used. It added that DFA’s administrative rules were very broad regarding the objectives of the program, failing to contain any guidance or restrictions as to the use of cash assistance.

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