SNAP Associated With Better Health, Reduced Health Care Costs


By Brynne Keith-Jenninges

SNAP (formerly food stamps) is associated with better health and lower health care costs, according to a growing body of evidence that we summarize in a new paper. As Congress and the White House prepare to reauthorize SNAP in this year’s farm bill, it’s a useful time to assess the program’s powerful benefits.

Food insecurity — i.e., lack of access to sufficient food at any point during the year — is linked to a number of negative health outcomes, such as increased risk of chronic health conditions, and higher health care costs.

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