Electronic benefits transfer, the paperless distribution of such government benefits as food stamps, is poised for sweeping changes. Among the new initiatives on the horizon is a pilot program that seeks to develop national standards for EBT. Set for a March 1996 launch, the program will involve seven states processing EBT in a uniform manner, representing the first coordinated effort straddling state lines. But questions remain about the fate of existing state- and county-based programs ...

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