Navigation Links
Farm Bill Provision Will Disrupt Food Stamp and Medicaid Programs

Over 40 million Needy Children and Adults to be Affected Nationwide, Study


WASHINGTON, Feb. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A survey released today by Spectrum Science Communications states that a little known anti-privatization measure in the current farm bill would critically harm states' abilities to effectively administer food stamps to low-income Americans. The measure, offered as an amendment to the House-passed Farm Bill by Rep. Joe Baca (D-CA), would restrict states from using non-profits and other private organizations in the administration of food stamps.

Over 40 million needy children and adults would be affected by the disruptions in service that would occur if the federal government takes away states' ability to partner with private firms and non-profit groups. Among those who would be affected are over 14 million enrollees in the Medicaid and The State Children's Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP), 26 million food stamp recipients, and 1.9 million participants in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

The Spectrum study found that states rely on non-government organizations to assist in the administration of many means-tested social service programs, including food stamps. If the farm bill passes with the Baca amendment, significant disruptions in services to low-income Americans will occur in the immediate future. Over time, the recent modernization of the administration process would be reversed, ultimately resulting in higher costs.

"As someone who has had to administer these programs to recipients, I can tell you first-hand how adversely impacted state governments will be if this provision passes," said former South Carolina Governor Jim Hodges. "In South Carolina and other states, important services like Medicaid and Child Support Enforcement depend on commercial and non-profit support. We can't let Washington play politics with the administration of these vital programs."

All 50 states and the District of Columbia rely on non-profit and commercial organizations to assist in the process of administering means- tested programs, according to the study. A total of 309 social services programs in the United States are administered by private organizations, 207 of which involve private contracts for direct beneficiary services.

"We were surprised to find how much states depend on private organizations to effectively deliver a broad range of social service programs to those in need," said Audrey Spolarich, Spectrum Science.

The Baca amendment (Section 4015) specifically requires that only state employees be involved in any part of the process of administering food stamps to beneficiaries. States will not be able to opt out of this anti- privatization measure, even if outsourced programs have been more cost- effective and resulted in more enrolled beneficiaries in their states.

The provision "would deprive states of needed flexibility, remove a significant means of innovation, bring to a halt many valuable programs now in place," said Larry Goolsby Director of Legislative Affairs for the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA), a nonprofit, bipartisan organization of state and local human service agencies.

The Baca amendment is not included in the Senate version of the farm bill. The House and Senate must reconcile their versions of the bill before the President can sign a measure into law.

About Spectrum Science Communications

Spectrum is the leading health-only communications practice among public relations firms in Washington, DC, employing more than 50 staff members, and serving pharmaceutical, biotechnology, patient advocacy, hospital and medical society clients throughout the U.S.

Spectrum Science Communications is committed to achieving the goals of clients who are involved with issues, products, provider services or research in life or human health sciences. The agency provides health product marketing public relations, health public affairs, strategic Internet communications, and design services. More information can be found at

SOURCE Spectrum Science Communications
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Colorado Medical School Receives Provisional Accreditation
2. Sentillion Positioned in Visionaries Quadrant in Leading Industry Analyst Firms User Provisioning Magic Quadrant
3. Connecticut Bishops Back Down over Provision of Emergency Contraception
4. NCPA Statement Urging Congress to Include Pharmacy Provisions in Medicare-Medicaid Legislation
5. NCPA Applauds Pharmacy TRICARE Provisions in the Congressional Passage of the Defense Authorization Bill
6. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Says Guaranteed Access Provisions of Insurance Reform Bills Protect Michigan Consumers Twice-Over
7. Leading Asbestos-Cancer Group Urges Congress to Partner with Them and Support Funding Provisions in Asbestos Ban Legislation
8. Farm Bill Provision Will Disrupt Arizona Child Support Enforcement Program
9. Farm Bill Provision Will Disrupt Arkansas Medicaid Program
10. Farm Bill Provision Will Disrupt California Medicaid and Food Stamp Programs
11. Farm Bill Provision Will Disrupt Delaware Medicaid Program
Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/13/2017)... Calif. (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Many ... dementia. However, many long-term care insurance companies have a waiver for care if the ... 90-day elimination period, when the family pays for care, is often waived, so the ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out many kids this ... by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting kids excited about ... ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about having fun and ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... Fairfax, VA (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 ... ... provider of DevOps and Agile Software Development, has been awarded a contract by ... (EATS) Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) aims to accelerate the enterprise use of Agile ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), ... will showcase a range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual ... Expo to be held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 12, 2017 , ... The company has developed a suite ... regulatory authorities worldwide. From Children’s to Adults 50+, every formula has been developed ... , These products are also: Gluten Free, Non-GMO, Vegan, Soy Free, Non-Dairy*, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/27/2017)... 2017  Commended for their devotion to personalized service, SMP ... number one in the South Florida Business Journal,s 50 Fastest-Growing ... yearly list, the national specialty pharmacy has found its niche.  ... will soon be honored by SFBJ as the 2017 Power ... Set to receive his award in October, Bardisa said of ...
(Date:9/25/2017)... PROVIDENCE, R.I. , Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... immunogenicity assessment, vaccine design, and immune-engineering today announced ... focused on the development of personalized therapeutic cancer ... and has provided exclusive access to enabling technologies ... MSc Eng., MBA will lead EpiVax Oncology as ...
(Date:9/22/2017)... -- AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced that its CE-Marked AVACEN ... with the widespread pain associated with fibromyalgia in the ... Essex, England commented, "I had difficulty ... sleep at all, tremendous pain, with every movement sending ... AVACEN 100] enough, how this has and is helping ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: