Health Care Reform Offers Opportunity To Bolster Food Assistance Program, Editorial Says
A Sacramento Bee editorial argues, "The Affordable Care Act offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity for the state to modernize food assistance and add millions of needy people to the CalFresh rolls," adding, "As state health officials implement the [ACA], food policy advocates are urging them to consider integrating CalFresh into those processes as well." CalFresh is the state's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It notes that "[m]ore than four million low-income Californians receive food assistance now, but another four million who are eligible do not. That means too many state residents go hungry or rely on food banks to feed their families when they don't have to."
- "Editorial: Health Reform Could Boost Use of Food Stamps" (Sacramento Bee, 8/20).