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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

HIGHER SNAP BENEFITS COULD REDUCE ER VISITS


A University of Missouri study has found that an increase in SNAP benefits can reduce emergency room visits for hypoglycemia. The researchers compared data from the Missouri SNAP and Medicaid programs to determine the benefit of SNAP and the timing of ER claims by analyzing the link between receipt of SNAP benefits and healthcare utilization. The results showed a strong link between the size of SNAP benefits and the number of ER visits for hypoglycemia, and that an increase of $100 in SNAP benefits decreased the likelihood of ER visits by 13%.

Source: UPI, 2/1/17, SNAP Lowers ER Use