Fact Sheet: The Hunger-Medicaid Connection

March 22, 2017
Soliah recently visited the WIC mobile clinic so her daughter could get a checkup. Joseph Terranova for Bread for the World.

Congress is considering proposals that would jeopardize healthcare coverage for millions of poor and near-poor adults and children. 

Legislation under consideration in the House and Senate would gut Medicaid, which is a joint federal-state program and the single largest source of health insurance in the United States.

Together with the Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicaid provides health insurance to more than 72 million Americans.

Without healthcare coverage through Medicaid, low-in-come families will be forced to make impossible “choices” among seeing a doctor, filling a prescription, buying food, and paying their rent.

The result of lower Medicaid coverage rates would be millions of additional people at greater risk of hunger and food insecurity (defined by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as worrying that there will not be enough money to buy food).

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

    Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict.

For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him and established in faith.” These words from Colossians 2:6 remind us of the faith that is active in love for our neighbors.

    The Bible on...

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

For Advocacy