Updated: Mar 4, 2019
Hunger is a serious health issue and SNAP reduces food insecurity in this country by 20-30%. Research shows that food insecurity results in approximately $77.5 billion in excess medical care. However, SNAP participation reduces healthcare per person by approximately $1,400 per year. SNAP participation results in fewer complications with pregnancy, decreased hospitalization due to diabetes, lower child asthma visits to the hospital, and reduces medication non-adherence (meaning people don't have the make the choice between food and medicine).
On February 1, USDA published a Proposed Rule on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP): Requirements for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents RIN 0584-ae57.
That rule would make changes to SNAP that Congress specifically declined to make in the recently enacted 2018 Farm Bill. The proposed changes would decrease state flexibility, harm local economies, and increase hunger.