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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. It has been enormously successful at assisting families through the recent economic crisis (SNAP lifted 4.9 million people out of poverty in 2012), literally putting food on the table for 47 million people per month, most of them children. 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. While RESULTS strongly supports these important program and services that expand health coverage and access, we believe the only viable long-term solution to America's health care problems is for our nation to adopt at Medicare-for-All national health program.
Key policymakers have proposed deep cuts to both SNAP and Medicaid as a way to reduce the deficit, including turning them into block grants to states. These cuts or changes would result in millions losing access to these vital services and deeper into poverty. RESULTS will work vigilantly to oppose any efforts to cut or restructure SNAP or Medicaid (as well as child nutrition and health programs) in deficit reduction negotiations.
For more details, see our Recent Developments in Nutrition and Health Policies page.