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Welfare Reform Loophole Remains Unknown

December 3, 1996
By: Jennifer Horton
State Capital Bureau
Missouri counties could have a way out of federal welfare reform but not many know about the loophole. Jennifer Horton explains from Jefferson City.
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Under the new law, single adults between 18 and 50 are limited to three years on food stamps.

Those who've hit that limit must find part-time work by January 15 to keep collecting the stamps.

But the head of a mid-Missouri group tracking welfare reform says there is a way to delay the cuts until next September.

Rex Campbell says he doubts many counties realize they can apply for such a waiver.

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Contents: I have been very concerned about communities with no professional training or staff to track these kinds of things.

Campbell says the state is not telling counties about the waiver option.

Missouri's Social Services department has not been available to comment.

From Jefferson City, I'm Jennifer Horton.