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10,000 Ohioans lose food stamps over work rules

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Thousands of poor Ohio residents have lost food stamp benefits for not fulfilling work requirements, and the number is expected to rise in the coming months.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1aRlD8N ) reports over 10,000 people lost the benefits this month as Ohio began enforcing work requirements that were waived in recent years. The state says about 140,000 adults who don't have dependent children now can get the assistance only if they spend at least 20 hours working, attending class or job training, or volunteering each week.

Thousands more food-stamp recipients are expected to lose the benefits soon because they haven't gone through an assessment of whether the work rules apply to them. For some, caseworkers with large caseloads haven't finished the assessments. Other recipients haven't showed up for assessments as requested.

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