With Work Requirements, Health Could Be A Barrier to SNAP

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In October, the Hamilton Project at the Brookings Institution showed that there are sizable barriers – predominantly health issues – to bringing Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients who are persistently out of the labor force into the labor force. A new report from Brookings bolsters those conclusions and finds that health problems are widespread among SNAP recipients, especially among older beneficiaries and labor force nonparticipants. Health was a barrier to work for more than half of those who were not stably employed and more than 80 percent of those who were persistently out of the labor force.

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