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Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman says she's off food stamps, welfare

November 27, 2009 | 12:43 pm
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Octuplets mother Nadya Suleman said she is no longer receiving food stamps or other forms of public assistance for her 14 children.

The La Habra woman, who received worldwide attention when she gave birth to octuplets this year, said in an interview with NBC News that her family is not receiving any welfare benefits from California taxpayers.

She was pressed by NBC's Matt Lauer about the issue, and she repeatedly said she was receiving "zero" and "nothing" from the government.

There was some controversy when The Times revealed in February that Suleman was receiving food stamps and that some of her children received federal supplemental security income.

At the time, Suleman vowed to support her family on her own. She's been filming an upcoming reality TV show about her life. It's unclear how much money she is receiving for the production, but she told NBC she was covering all her child-rearing costs on her own. Experts have said Suleman probably also has incurred significant medical and hospital bills this year.

-- Shelby Grad

Photo credit: Associated Press

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