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Another strong argument against food stamp cuts

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In case it wasn’t obvious that cutting the federal food stamp program is a bad idea, a new study showing that the number of poor people seeking hospital treatment for diabetes-related hypoglycemia tends to spike the last week of the month — when their food stamps have run out and they’re forced to skip meals — ought to confirm it. The nine-year study, released in the journal Health Affairs, showed that diabetic food stamp recipients ...

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January 9, 2014
5:06 p.m.

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First of all, this was not a nine year study. It was a review of emergency room admissions over a period of nine years. The authors deduced that running out of benefits was the cause of the small rise in admissions for hypoglycemia near the end of the month. That being said, increasing all SNAP benefits would be like using a sledge hammer to drive a tack. The idea of spreading out the distribution of the funds throughout the month makes sense as well as dealing with beneficiaries that are diabetics differently than those without this ailment.