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NH DHHS Announces Changes to Certain Locations for Accessing EBT Cash
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Division of Family Assistance
Publish Date:
September 9, 2015

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of Family Assistance (DFA) is announcing additional locations where cash recipients will not be able to access benefits that are issued onto Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards.

EBT Cards were already being restricted at liquor stores, gaming establishments, and adult entertainment facilities. Now the work of a legislative study committee has resulted in passage of House Bill 219, which adds new locations to the list of those restricted from accessing EBT cash. These new locations include: branding, body piercing, and tattoo shops; smoke shops; and recreational marijuana dispensaries.

Terry Smith, DFA Director, said, "These new EBT restrictions will take effect September 18, 2015. The EBT system automatically blocks EBT Card transactions at restricted locations, including all ATMs located on the same premises."

Nicholas Toumpas, Commissioner of DHHS, said, "The Legislature has acted commendably in a bi-partisan way to give the Department a low-cost yet effective option for ensuring cash assistance is spent for life necessities."

Cash assistance can be issued onto an EBT Card for the following programs: Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Old Age Assistance (OAA), Aid to the Needy Blind (ANB), and Aid to the Permanently and Totally Disabled (APTD).

 
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