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Comment & Response
July 6, 2020

Limiting Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Eligibility May Increase Sudden Death

Author Affiliations
  • 1University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
  • 2Yale New Haven Medical Center, Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, Connecticut
  • 3Division of Cardiology, Department of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
JAMA Intern Med. Published online July 6, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2020.1912

To the Editor We support the conclusion of Peltz et al1 in their recently published Research Letter that limiting the benefits provided by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to families that qualify based on categorical eligibility would harm those in need. Our work investigating the risk factors for sudden death, and the potential association of SNAP with mitigation of these determinants, is consistent with their recommendations.

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