Administrative Burden

Administrative Burden

Policymaking by Other Means

Pamela Herd, Donald P. Moynihan

state governments could simply auto-reenroll individuals with very low incomes who are receiving SSI. The closest they have come to this is the Combined Application Program piloted in eighteen states, which allows SSI beneficiaries in single households to apply for SNAP using a shortened application when they apply for SSI. It also does not require a separate interview or any documentation. These applicants also benefit from a forty-eight-month recertification window. In South Carolina, this change increased the percentage of SSI beneficiaries on SNAP by 12 percentage points. 80 States could also more closely track older adults enrolled in Medicaid with very high medical expenses, and target information and support to these individuals to see whether they are eligible for SNAP—and then provide support for that application process.

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