Social policy research scientist Angie Fertig collaborated on a recent study examining the relationship between food insecurity and health care spending in Minnesota. The report found that people who receive monthly food benefits spend less on their health care.
The report, "Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation is Associated with Lower Health Care Spending among Working Age Adults without Dependents," was published in the Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, from Johns Hopkins University Press.
The researchers found that for every month someone received Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (formerly known as food stamps), their health care costs were reduced by $99.
The authors conclude that their findings are not surprising given the existing evidence that shows significant health consequences among people who experience food insecurity.
Fertig collaborated on the report with several researchers at the Minnesota Department of Human Services.