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Public News Service - ND: Welfare Reform

About 9% of North Dakota households experienced food insecurity between 2015 and 2017. (kuarmungadd/Adobe Stock)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Anti-hunger groups in North Dakota fear that a proposed change to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will lead to more people going without food. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue says he wants to close a loophole in eligibility for SNAP benefits. Under the

Some North Dakota farmers markets offer tips for how to cook fresh produce. (Lance Cheung/U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota recipients of SNAP benefits have a chance to make those benefits go farther and toward healthy choices this summer. Farmers markets in Bismarck and Fargo offer matching incentives for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, meaning folks' EBT dollars go t

Nearly half of SNAP recipients are children. The program is especially important during the summer when school is out. (brandimarkham/Twenty20)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Summertime can mean children have limited access to food. The United States Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program sponsors sites across North Dakota to provide children with meals. Karen Ehrens, a registered dietitian and facilitator of Creating a Hunger Fr

North Dakota farmers hope to find predictability in this year's Farm Bill. (Clairegran/Twenty20)

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota farmers are watching closely as the 2018 Farm Bill inches its way through Congress. The U.S. House could vote on its current version of the bill as soon as this week. President of the North Dakota Farmers Union Mark Watne said proposed cuts to the Supplemental N

The Trump administration and the U.S. House have proposed massive cuts to Medicaid. (Elvert Barnes/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – This weekend marks the 52nd anniversary of the Medicaid program, signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson on July 30, 1965. Medicaid provides insurance for children, pregnant women, people with disabilities, seniors and low-income adults, and 114,000 North Dakotans curren

North Dakota farmers and ranchers are worried cuts to food stamps could endanger the nutrition title in next year's farm bill. (Samir Luther/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Farmers and ranchers in North Dakota are speaking out against the Trump administration's proposed cuts to food assistance. A quarter of the current Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) budget would be slashed over the next decade if members of Congress follow the

About 4.7 percent of doctors in North Dakota are part of the H-1B visa program, the highest rate in the country. (sasint/Pixabay)

BISMARCK, N.D. – Medical professionals in North Dakota are facing pressure from all sides, feeling the pains of a growing shortage of doctors and potential changes to a visa program that helps supply doctors and wondering what will happen to health insurance at the federal level. President D

North Dakota advocates are urging Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton to make Social Security reform a top priority. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- As the Republican National Convention winds down and the Democrats prepare for theirs, North Dakota advocacy groups are pushing for more details on the presidential candidates' plans for Social Security. With more baby boomers reaching retirement age, the system faces growing sol

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