States where health law seems to increase food-stamp use

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Posted: Apr 22, 2015 1:29 PM

President Barack Obama's health care law seems to be enticing more Americans to apply for food stamps in 11 states, despite significant improvement in the economy.

Under the law, many states tried to improve Medicaid and food-stamp enrollment systems by making it easier for people to register for food benefits when they sign up for health coverage. Below is a list of the 11 states with recent enrollment increases in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

STATE FOOD STAMPRECIPIENTS JAN. 2013 FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTSDEC. 2014 CHANGE IN FOOD STAMP ENROLLMENT UNEMPLOYMENT RATE JAN. 2013 UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DEC. 2014
California 4,155,083 4,407,217 Up 6 percent 9.4 percent 7.1 percent
Connecticut 426,519 446,146 Up 5 percent 8.1 percent 6.3 percent
Florida 3,573,410 3,689,976 Up 3 percent 7.7 percent 5.7 percent
Hawaii 188,763 194,932 Up 3 percent 5.1 percent 4 percent
Illinois 2,027,281 2,076,871 Up 2 percent 9.1 percent 6.2 percent
Maryland 760,830 786,745 Up 3 percent 6.8 percent 5.5 percent
Nevada 358,457 410,201 Up 14 percent 10.2 percent 7 percent
New Jersey 867,660 915,614 Up 6 percent 8.8 percent 6.3 percent
New Mexico 442,753 447,952 Up 1 percent 6.8 percent 6 percent
Pennsylvania 1,767,367 1,808,787 Up 2 percent 7.6 percent 5 percent
West Virginia 352,352 367,943 Up 4 percent 7.2 percent 5.9 percent

Sources: U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Labor, AP analysis