As part of the Work Support Strategies initiative, states took steps to improve access to multiple public benefits. This brief examines one measure of these efforts, changes over time in the joint participation rate—the extent to which individuals who are eligible for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and public health insurance coverage (Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program) receive both. We find that four out of five states had substantial increases in multiple benefit receipt among eligible individuals from 2011 to 2013. These findings demonstrate states can implement changes to improve access to the both SNAP and Medicaid.
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