A class action lawsuit over the time it takes Nebraska to process SNAP, or food stamps, applications is being settled.
The proposal requires the state Department of Health and Human Services to timely process at least 96% of SNAP applications for 25 out of 28 months.
Nebraska Appleseed attorney Molly McCleery says the agreement is good for those who need state-assistance.
“We will continue to make sure that the ACCESSNebraska system works the best that it can for the clients that we serve,” McCleery tells Nebraska Radio Network, “but we’re very happy with the agreement we were able to reach.”
The state reports it has improved processing time dramatically over the past two years.
“The Department of Health and Human Services is clearly dedicated to continuously improving operations at ACCESSNebraska and providing customer-friendly service,” Governor Pete Ricketts said in a news release. “Today’s proposed agreement reaffirms the reforms and process improvements we implemented have moved ACCESSNebraska beyond its previous challenges.”
The proposed settlement between the state and Appleseed reached still needs court approval after members of the class action have time to review the agreement.
A hearing on the settlement will be held April 1.