A Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reauthorization bill introduced today that would provide a nutrition federal Expendable Support Program for health care related to food insecurity.
The opportunity for the bill to be implemented is significant in that the bill would offer 109 million in new nutrition and health programing that has been curtailed by an increase in the opioid crisis as well as hunger and poverty the authors noted. This funding drain has forced families to in most cases rely on food assistance which can lead to food stamp dependency they said.
The bill would establish a nutrition federal Expendable Support Program (NDSP) to prioritize and allocate grant funds to programs related to nutritional struggles in Medicaid recipients the federally-facilitated federal health insurance program for the poor for the prevention of hunger and programs closely linked to hunger and poverty. The NDSP would also lay out a new overview of federal funding for nutrition. The bill would needlessly increase the cost of providing nutrition to some Medicaid recipients as it would on behalf of SNAP Iowas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program the bill stated.
Were excited that our proposed nutrition funding now exists. The House vote was a significant achievement in improving the lives of the poor and most vulnerable populations said Rep. Janine Boggs (R-Oklahoma City).
When the omnibus spending bill was introduced in 2015 the bill allowed states to expand Medicaid eligibility to more racial and ethnic groups. This and other benefits have been largely eliminated during the opioid crisis.
According to the U. S. Census 81. 9 million African Americans were eligible for Medicaid and 16. 4 million Hispanics. Approximately 46. 6 percent of the African-American population are currently enrolled in Medicaid in the U. S. The maternal mortality rate for African Americans was 26. 2 percent and the white mortality rate was 11. 2 percent respectively.
In 2015 the government spent 80 billion to provide nutrition to millions of low-income food-dependent adults who are receiving inadequate or no paid employment.