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Issue Brief
December 2013

Using SNAP (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) to Enroll Adults in Medicaid

There is significant overlap between people who qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) and those who qualify for Medicaid. To increase enrollment in health coverage and to save states time and money, states can now use SNAP data to enroll adults in Medicaid.

In the past, many Medicaid programs have used income data from SNAP to renew Medicaid eligibility or to enroll children in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). States now have the option to use this same practice to enroll adults under the age of 65 in Medicaid.

Learn more about three good reasons for using SNAP data to enroll adults in Medicaid. SNAP data:

  • Offers an easy way to identify and enroll a lot of people who are eligible for Medicaid
  • Will save states time and money
  • Will help enroll people who might otherwise fall through the cracks

This piece includes strategies and success stories from five states that are already using this method: Arkansas, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, and West Virginia. For example, West Virginia has reduced its uninsured population by 25 percent so far.