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Around one in seven Michigan residents receive Bridge Card benefits, but that number may be going down because the state's economy is improving.


A rule change by the Department of Health and Human Services means able bodied participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will need to work and average 20 hours per week, attend an employment and training program, or participate in community service by volunteering at a nonprofit organization in order to receive benefits.


Since 2002, Michigan has had a waiver from the federal government that allows able-bodied adults without dependents to get SNAP benefits indefinitely regardless of whether they work because Michigan's unemployment rate was above the national average.


The new rules are scheduled to be phased in starting January 1st.



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