In the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), families may temporarily lose benefits for which they are still eligible because of administrative issues. This lapse in benefits, referred to as churning, increases the risk of food insecurity for families, which is linked with poorer health. This study examined the rate of churning among SNAP participants with young children and evaluated the association of administrative policy changes with churning risk. In this cross-sectional study of 70 799 Massachusetts SNAP participants with young children, 40.9% of participants experienced benefit losses that lasted up to 30 days because of administrative reasons, including missed deadlines for submitting recertification forms, completing certification interviews, or providing eligibility verifications. Policies that simplified caseworker assignments and reduced the burden of interim eligibility reporting requirements were associated with significant decreases in churning.
Published: September 2022
ID #: CAS063
Journal: JAMA Netw Open
Authors: Kenney EL, Soto MJ, Fubini M, Carleton A, Lee M, Bleich SN
Supporting the Wake Forest School of Medicine in implementing a WIC referral program within electronic health records to optimize WIC participationThe United States has an ongoing maternal and infant health crisis, characterized by stark disparities. The WIC program could equitably improve health outcomes, but it is underutilized. Identifying strategies for healthcare systems to efficiently connect pregnant patients with WIC is a public health and policy priority. This study will use the electronic health record (EHR) More