Nebraska Sued Over Processing of SNAP Benefits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LINCOLN, Neb. -- Two advocacy groups are suing Nebraska on behalf of a single mother who says she faced repeated delays when renewing her federal food benefits.

The lawsuit alleges that the Department of Health and Human Services failed to process the request in a timely manner, as required by federal law.

It was filed on behalf of Tami Leiting-Hall, a fast food worker in Lincoln, and other Nebraskans who have applied for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program since Jan. 1, 2012.

Nebraska processes SNAP benefits through the ACCESS Nebraska system, which has been criticized in recent years for causing delays and errors. Leiting-Hall is represented by Nebraska Appleseed and the National Center for Law and Economic Justice.

Nebraska DHHS spokesman Russ Reno says the department doesn't comment on pending lawsuits.

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