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January 30, 2019

Under the continuing resolution (CR) that provided the funding to reopen the government for three weeks, SNAP (food stamps) now is fully funded at least through March, even if the government shuts down again on February 15. Millions of families, however, face a longer-than-usual gap between their February and March benefits because the Agriculture Department worked with states to issue...

Grocery Shopping
December 19, 2018

The Trump Administration is reportedly poised to propose a rule restricting states’ ability to provide Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to childless adults living in high-unemployment areas who are struggling to find a steady job. Hundreds of thousands of...

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December 10, 2018

Some 1.4 million Puerto Rico residents will face deep cuts in food assistance or lose it entirely in March unless President Trump and Congress provide more funding for the Commonwealth’s Nutrition Assistance Program (NAP) — which is Puerto Rico’s version of SNAP (food stamps). Policymakers can avert this “March cliff” by providing the needed funding in the disaster legislation they may...

Grocery Shopping
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...

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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...

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