For older adults with hypertension, medication adherence is critical to decreasing hospitalization, poor health outcomes, and healthcare costs. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—the largest food and nutrition assistance program in the United States—could protect against medication non-adherence. This brief summarizes the findings from a recent study, which linked Missouri Medicaid administrative claims data to SNAP data from 2006 to 2014. The findings suggest that longer and consistent receipt of SNAP benefits was associated with higher levels of antihypertensive medication adherence among Medicaid-insured individuals aged 60 years and older.
SNAP, Older Adults, Medication Adherence
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The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service provided financial support for this study through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research [3200002889-2045]. The findings and conclusions in this brief are those of the authors and should not be construed to represent any official USDA or U.S. Government determination or policy. Special thanks to Lauren Quick for their research assistance on this study. Finally, the authors thank Zoé Tkaczyk, Alexandra Punch, and Shannon Monnat for editorial assistance on this brief.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service through the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research
Heflin, C., Ojinnaka, C.O., Arteaga, I., Hodges, L., & Alphonso, G. (2023). Medicaid-Insured Older Adults on SNAP May Have Stronger Medication Adherence. Lerner Center Population Health Research Brief Series. 224. https://surface.syr.edu/lerner/224
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