Methods for Estimating SNAP Policy Impacts with an ACS-Based Simulation Model

Research Report

Methods for Estimating SNAP Policy Impacts with an ACS-Based Simulation Model

Abstract

This report describes how we used the Urban Institute’s new state-level microsimulation model, Analysis of Transfers, Taxes and Income Security, or ATTIS to examine the possible effects of expanded work requirements in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The changes are proposed in the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, also known the Farm Bill. The 2018 Farm Bill cleared the House Committee on Agriculture in April 2018, and includes several changes to SNAP.  The changes would affect how families’ incomes are counted, how program eligibility is determined, and the work requirements placed on recipients.  Many of the proposed changes are restrictions; others, such as an increase in the maximum allowable level of assets, could make some families newly eligible. 

An analysis of the projected effects of the bill’s work requirement provision is presented in a separate research brief, Assessing Changes to SNAP Work Requirements in the 2018 Farm Bill:  Proposal as Passed by the House Committee on Agriculture

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