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Inside the Historic Boost for SNAP Food Assistance

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Inside the Historic Boost for SNAP Food Assistance

Health Affairs' Jessica Bylander and Leslie Erdelack discuss the latest on the average Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit, which is set to increase in 2022.
August 20, 2021

Inside the Historic Boost for SNAP Food Assistance

This week, the Biden administration updated its Thrifty Food Plan, which is used to calculate Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits.

The analysis led to an increase in the average SNAP benefit which is set to increase in October 2022.

The cost adjustment, according to the Biden administration, is the first update since the plan was first introduced in 1975.

Food insecurity is a big issue, especially as the social determinants of health increasingly are in health policy discussion. For example, one Health Affairs research article found that food-insecure children are at least twice as likely to report being in fair or poor health.

SNAP reduces the prevalence of food security. Listen to Health Affairs’ Editors Jessica Bylander and Leslie Erdelack discuss the Biden administration’s latest move on SNAP, and what it means for health care.

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