Tuesday, July 23, 2019

JPAM Closer Look Author Interview: Christian Gregory and Travis Smith on Salience, Food Security, and SNAP Receipt

Household food insecurity status in the United States is ascertained by a battery of closed-ended questions. The authors, Christian A. Gregory and Travis A. Smith, posit that the monthly nature of benefit receipt from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) creates experiences of food hardship, which become salient in the context of SNAP receipt, and, in turn, exert influence on the response to food security questions.

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The Poverty-Reducing Effect of Medicaid

August 25, 2014 10:00 AM

Medicaid provides health insurance for more than 54 million Americans. In this paper, featured at last year's Fall Research Conference, authors Benjamin D. Sommers and Donald Oellerich use the Census Bureau's supplemental poverty measure to estimate the impact of eliminating the program. Their counterfactual, drawn stochastically from propensity-score-matched individuals without Medicaid, shows that Medicaid beneficiaries would become uninsured or gain other insurance.

The authors find that Medicaid reduces out-of-pocket medical spending by nearly $500 per beneficiary and decreases poverty rates among children, disabled adults, and the elderly. In 2010, Medicaid kept between 2.6 and 3.4 million people out of poverty, making it the United States' third largest antipoverty program.

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