The Importance of SNAP Policy Advocacy

SNAP participation has been historically lower among older adults than in other age groups with approximately 35% of eligible older adults participate in the program, compared to 67% of all eligible individuals.  Common barriers that have been identified include a complicated application process, confusion about eligibility and benefits, and limited access to and use of technology. Furthermore, only 14% of eligible older adults and the disabled claim the medical expense deduction. There are many ways to study and better understand to help improve the participation of this vulnerable population through SNAP policy research and advocacy.

New Georgia SNAP Policy: Standard Medical Expense Deduction (SMED)

SNAP Policy Resources

Cunnyngham K.  State trends in supplemental nutrition assistance program eligibility and participation among elderly individuals: final report. Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc, 2010

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: SNAP’s Excess Medical Expense Deduction: Targeting Food Assistance to Low-income Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities

National Council on Aging: Maximizing the SNAP Medical Expense Deduction for Older Adults

Georgia Food Stamp Policy