Race And Racial Perceptions Shape Burden Tolerance For Medicaid And The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


Across the range of US public assistance programs such as Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), many eligible people are not enrolled. This failure to access benefits comes at a cost to the individual as well as to society. One primary reason for not enrolling is administrative burden, or “the costs faced by individuals in applying for, receiving, or using public benefits and services.” Although some administrative burdens play an important role by, for example, maintaining program integrity, they are often excessive and significantly limit access to health and health protective programs in a way that may reinforce existing patterns of inequality.

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Cynthia Osborne discusses the work of the Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center, which focuses on building the evidence base for effective state policies to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families. Read the full article
Vanderbilt University’s Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center (PN-3) just issued its annual State Policy Roadmap, exploring ways that the states (and D.C.) can improve conditions so infants and toddlers can thrive. The Roadmap focuses on 12 solutions shown
Paid family leave is one of 12 evidence-based policies in our 2023 Prenatal-to-3 State Policy Roadmap, which details states’ progress toward adopting and implementing policies that effectively improve child and family wellbeing . As of