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Nutrition and Health Care for All Americans
RESULTS volunteers support protecting access to and the integrity of nutrition assistance and public health programs. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) is the first line of defense against hunger in America. By providing basic food assistance, SNAP helps put food on the table for millions of Americans and in 2015 lifted nearly 5 million above the poverty line. RESULTS also supports strong investments in child nutrition programs, such as the school breakfast and lunch programs.
Lack of quality and affordable health care deepens and causes poverty for millions of families in the U.S. and around the world. Medicaid is the primary source of health coverage for over 60 million low-income individuals and families. The primary beneficiaries of Medicaid are children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. In 2009, RESULTS and our allies successfully worked to expand Medicaid in the the Affordable Care Act (i.e. health reform), which will expand Medicaid to millions more beginning in 2014. RESULTS has also successfully worked to expand children's health coverage and access to care through federal community health centers for millions of Americans living in poverty. RESULTS also supports Medicare-for-All national health program.
Congress is moving forward with proposals to end Medicaid as we know it, in addition to deep cuts to SNAP. These cuts or changes would result in millions losing access to these vital services and deeper into poverty. RESULTS works vigilantly to oppose any efforts to cut or restructure SNAP or Medicaid (as well as child nutrition and health programs).