New research published in the Thomas Jefferson University’s Population Health Management Journal and the BioMed Central Journal on Geriatrics evaluated the effect of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) enrollment on health care utilization for senior dual eligibles in the state of Maryland and found that participation in SNAP reduces health care costs for low-income older adults. The positive results of this study may be of interest to other states looking to leverage health and human service data to increase senior participation in public benefit programs in order to reduce Medicare and Medicaid expenditures.

During this webinar, panelists provide an overview of the study. Collaborators in this cross-sector partnership include Benefits Data Trust, the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Department of Human Services, the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, and Northwestern University, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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  • Charles Betley, M.A., The Hilltop Institute
  • Alyssa Brown, J.D., Maryland Department of Health
  • Enrique Martinez-Vidal, M.P.P., AcademyHealth (Moderator)
  • Laura Samuels, Ph.D., CRNP, Johns Hopkins University
  • Cynthia Woodcock, M.B.A., The Hilltop Institute 
  • Ginger Zielinskie, M.B.A., Benefits Data Trust