|Title||Are older adults who participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program healthier than eligible nonparticipants? Evidence from the Health and Retirement study|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Journal||Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare|
|Keywords||Food insecurity, Self-reported health, SNAP|
This research examined the impact of participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on the health of older adults. The study used panel data from the 2004-2012 Waves of the Rand version of the Health and Retirement Study to estimate regression models of self-reported health and the number of doctor-diagnosed conditions, controlling for individual characteristics and time fixed effects. The findings revealed that program participants did not maintain or improve their health status relative to non-participants during the study period. Thus, the study confirms that program participation confers negligible benefits in maintaining and improving the health status of older adults.