Alabama's food stamp error rate among lowest in the nation

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( — The error rate for Alabama's food stamp program - either by over or under payment - is among the lowest in the nation, according to federal data.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released new figures related to improper payments associated with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, commonly known as food stamps.

Nationally, the error rate is 6.3 percent, with 1.11percent being underpayments and 5.19 percent overpayments.

Alabama's error rate was 4.19 percent - 3.15 percent overpayments and 1.04 percent underpayments. Only eight states reported lower error rates: Texas (4.13 percent); Nebraska (4.06 percent); Massachusetts (4.04 percent); Kansas (3.85); Wyoming (3.35 percent); Mississippi (3.29 percent); Idaho (2.38 percent) and South Dakota (1.21 percent).

The highest error rate was in Delaware at 13.95.

Alabama has more than 780,000 SNAP recipients.

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