May 16, 2016

House Bill 1047, Welfare Reform/Food and Nutrition Benefits, would eliminate North Carolina’s ability to expand categorical eligibility (CAT EL) as allowed under federal law. Expanded or “broad-based” CAT EL makes sense because it enhances efficiency, saves North Carolina money, and helps at least 22,000 low-income people become eligible for food assistance.

The federal government pays the full cost of food assistance and splits the cost of administering the program with the state, which operates the program.