- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

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.

STATEFOOD STAMPRECIPIENTS JAN. 2013FOOD STAMP RECIPIENTSDEC. 2014CHANGE IN FOOD STAMP ENROLLMENTUNEMPLOYMENT RATE JAN. 2013UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DEC. 2014
California4,155,0834,407,217Up 6 percent9.4 percent7.1 percent
Connecticut426,519446,146Up 5 percent8.1 percent6.3 percent
Florida3,573,4103,689,976Up 3 percent7.7 percent5.7 percent
Hawaii188,763194,932Up 3 percent5.1 percent4 percent
Illinois2,027,2812,076,871Up 2 percent9.1 percent6.2 percent
Maryland760,830786,745Up 3 percent6.8 percent5.5 percent
Nevada358,457410,201Up 14 percent10.2 percent7 percent
New Jersey867,660915,614Up 6 percent8.8 percent6.3 percent
New Mexico442,753447,952Up 1 percent6.8 percent6 percent
Pennsylvania1,767,3671,808,787Up 2 percent7.6 percent5 percent
West Virginia352,352367,943Up 4 percent7.2 percent5.9 percent

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

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