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Panel set to inform Louisville residents about changes to KY’s food assistance benefits

Starting next month, a series of new laws take effect in the commonwealth.That includes House Bill 7, which makes some changes to Kentucky’s public benefits programs Katie Deering knows there’s a lot of legwork in receiving public benefits.”There’s all these different forms you have to fill out and if you have to fill them out this exact way and if you don’t fill it out the exact way, then you get denied,” Deering said. From assisting others to helping herself, Deering is a mother of a recent newborn still in the neonatal intensive care unit.”As I’m sitting next to my daughter on a ventilator, I’m having to upload forms and pictures and verifications that my other two can still go to day care, so I can stay with my child,” Deering said.She says her situation is still in limbo, but for others — it could be much more difficult because of HB7. The bill was intended to push Kentuckians back into the workforce and cut down on food assistance fraud on SNAP, also known as food stamps. Some changes include limiting EBT cards to just necessary items for a family’s welfare.”We want to educate folks about the new policy. I think more importantly, we keep this subject matter on the radar for weeks and months to come,” Deacon Keith Mckenzie with the Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum said.Before the bill goes into law next month, he wants people to be aware of the changes including what he says is a more lengthy paperwork process. One way to learn more is by attending a discussion next Tuesday.”We want to have that conversation, bring that to the attention for the people in the community so they’ll be better prepared when July 4 comes around and we won’t be taken aback by the new expectations and new policies,” McKenzie told WLKY. Everyone is encouraged to come out to this community panel discussion next Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Norton Sports & Learning Center.Click the link to register.

Starting next month, a series of new laws take effect in the commonwealth.

That includes House Bill 7, which makes some changes to Kentucky’s public benefits programs

Katie Deering knows there’s a lot of legwork in receiving public benefits.

“There’s all these different forms you have to fill out and if you have to fill them out this exact way and if you don’t fill it out the exact way, then you get denied,” Deering said.

From assisting others to helping herself, Deering is a mother of a recent newborn still in the neonatal intensive care unit.

“As I’m sitting next to my daughter on a ventilator, I’m having to upload forms and pictures and verifications that my other two can still go to day care, so I can stay with my child,” Deering said.

She says her situation is still in limbo, but for others — it could be much more difficult because of HB7.

The bill was intended to push Kentuckians back into the workforce and cut down on food assistance fraud on SNAP, also known as food stamps.

Some changes include limiting EBT cards to just necessary items for a family’s welfare.

“We want to educate folks about the new policy. I think more importantly, we keep this subject matter on the radar for weeks and months to come,” Deacon Keith Mckenzie with the Kentucky Criminal Justice Forum said.

Before the bill goes into law next month, he wants people to be aware of the changes including what he says is a more lengthy paperwork process. One way to learn more is by attending a discussion next Tuesday.

“We want to have that conversation, bring that to the attention for the people in the community so they’ll be better prepared when July 4 comes around and we won’t be taken aback by the new expectations and new policies,” McKenzie told WLKY.

Everyone is encouraged to come out to this community panel discussion next Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Norton Sports & Learning Center.

Click the link to register.

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