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Analysis of Proposed Changes to SNAP Eligibility and Benefit Determination in the 2013 Farm Bill and Comparison of Cardiometabolic Health Status for SNAP Participants and Low-Income Nonparticipants


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  • Joshua Leftin
  • Allison Dodd
  • Kai Filion
  • Rebecca Wang
  • rew Gothro
  • Karen Cunnyngham
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    The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, is conducting a health impact assessment intended to inform congressional consideration of changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) included as part of the 2013 Farm Bill reauthorization. The analysis used SNAP program data on the number of participating households and individuals and SNAP benefit amounts by month and state to estimate the potential effects of converting SNAP to a block grant program that reverts total benefits to 2008 levels. The analysis found that had state block grants been implemented in fiscal year 2012, total SNAP benefits would have been 53.6 percent lower than they were, potentially decreasing average SNAP monthly household benefits by $149.

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    Paper provided by Mathematica Policy Research in its series Mathematica Policy Research Reports with number 7867.

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    Length: 267
    Date of creation: 02 Aug 2013
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    Handle: RePEc:mpr:mprres:7867

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    Keywords: SNAP Eligibility; Benefit Determination; Farm Bill; Cardiometabolic Health Status; Low-Income Nonparticipants;

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    1. Carlson, Andrea & Lino, Mark & Juan, WenYen & Hanson, Kenneth & Basiotis, P. Peter, 2007. "Thrifty Food Plan, 2006," CNPP Reports 42899, United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion.
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    1. Joshua Leftin & Karen Cunnyngham, 2013. "The Effects of Proposed Changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on Eligibility, Participation, and Benefits," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 7939, Mathematica Policy Research.


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