Center for Policy Research
Medicaid-Insured Older Adults on SNAP May Have Stronger Medication Adherence
Colleen Heflin, Chinedum O. Ojinnaka, Irma Arteaga, Leslie Hodges, and Gabriella Alphonso
C.P.R. Policy Brief No. 2
Medication adherence is critical to decreasing hospitalization, poor health outcomes, and healthcare costs for older adults with hypertension. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) could protect against medication non-adherence. This brief summarizes the findings from their 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.
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