NH DHHS Announces Changes to Certain Locations for Accessing EBT Cash

Concord, NH – The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services

(DHHS) Division of Family Assistance (DFA) is announcing additional

locations where cash recipients will not be able to access benefits that

are issued onto Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) Cards.

EBT Cards were already being restricted at liquor stores, gaming

establishments, and adult entertainment facilities. Now the work of a

legislative study committee has resulted in passage of House Bill 219,

which adds new locations to the list of those restricted from accessing EBT

cash. These new locations include: branding, body piercing, and tattoo

shops; smoke shops; and recreational marijuana dispensaries.

Terry Smith, DFA Director, said, "These new EBT restrictions took effect

September 18, 2015. The EBT system automatically blocks EBT Card

transactions at restricted locations, including all ATMs located on the

same premises."

Nicholas Toumpas, Commissioner of DHHS, said, "The legislature has acted

commendably in a bi-partisan way to give the Department a low-cost yet

effective option for ensuring cash assistance is spent for life


Cash assistance can be issued onto an EBT Card for the following programs:

Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), Old Age Assistance (OAA),

Aid to the Needy Blind (ANB), and Aid to the Permanently and Totally

Disabled (APTD).