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October 19, 2018

SNAP (food stamps) and Medicaid give many Americans, including many low-wage workers, access to nutritious food and health coverage. Despite their important roles, recent federal and state proposals and policies would take SNAP and...

Grocery Shopping
September 14, 2018

State and federal policymakers are considering — and in the case of Arkansas with Medicaid, implementing — proposals to take basic assistance like health coverage and...

Cashier in Grocery Store
September 13, 2018

Low-income families often must navigate a time-consuming, multi-step process to get and keep the benefits they need, which is why the Integrated Benefits Initiative is partnering with government agencies around the country as they work to modernize and improve eligibility systems and processes for the vulnerable individuals they serve. The initiative brings together technology, design, and...

Integrated Benefits Pilot States
September 6, 2018

A growing number of low-income families and children are going without nutrition and health services due to immigration-related fears, health providers are warning, with potential immediate and long-term impacts on children’s health.

Agencies overseeing the WIC nutrition program for low-income women, infants, and...

Family of Four
September 5, 2018

Some 15 million households with 40 million people struggled to afford enough food at some point in 2017, new Agriculture Department data show. That’s about 11.8 percent of households that experienced food insecurity — those in which some members struggled to afford adequate nutritious food at some point during the...

Food Insecurity, Though Down From 2011 Peak, Still Above Pre-Recession Levels
July 30, 2018

Several recent studies counter the Council of Economic Advisers’ (CEA) recent claims that proposals to take away people’s SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, or housing assistance if they don’t meet rigid work requirements would “be a beneficial way to increase work...

Man Working at Machine
July 26, 2018

As policymakers debate proposals to take food assistance or health coverage away from beneficiaries who don’t work a set number of hours or participate in qualifying work activities, a new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) paper shows why such...

July 24, 2018

SNAP and Medicaid participants face a labor market that’s characterized by low and stagnant wages and job instability, new research from leading economists Kristin F. Butcher and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach shows.

That finding contrasts sharply with this...

Real Wages Have Been Stagnant for Workers With Low Levels of Education
June 26, 2018

As the Senate considers the Agriculture Committee’s farm bill this week, it should avoid a provision in the House-passed farm bill that would let SNAP participants use their benefits to buy dietary supplements, such as multivitamins.

The Senate committee’s...

Fresh groceries
June 21, 2018

The House Agriculture Committee farm bill, which the House rejected on May 18 but likely will vote on again as soon as this evening, would increase food insecurity and hardship. Its changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) would cause more than 1 million low-...

Family Grocery Shopping