Monday, January 30, 2017
Conservatives Find SNAP Works, But Needs Reform
In FY 2014, the error rate (that is, the percentage of dollars that go to ineligible households or get over- or underpaid) was extremely low at 3.66%, and 99% of households that received benefits were eligible.
In addition, 92% of spending is for benefits that go directly into households, with only 8% supporting administrative and other efforts.
But AEI believes SNAP would benefit from several reforms. It proposes a pilot program in a few states to test distributing SNAP benefits through block grants. This, it contends, would allow states to experiment with work requirements, efforts to improve nutrition, and ways to better tailor benefit levels to local conditions. Besides block grants, pilot programs could be implemented and rigorously studied to determine whether work requirements for all able-bodied recipients could be effective and whether they increase employment among SNAP recipients. Other reforms include changing the SNAP benefit calculation to adjust for local cost of living and not allowing SNAP participants to purchase unhealthy nonfood items linked to obesity, such as sugary beverages.
Source: American Enterprise Institute, 1/25/17, SNAP Reforms
*Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly food stamps)