Inflated SNAP payment error rate not just a partisan issue


August 29, 2023

This summer when the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service released the fiscal year 2022 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) payment error rates , it caused a stir from lawmakers working to craft the next farm bill.

The error rate in overpayments increased 4% from 2019 to 2022. Last year, the rate was 9.84% compared to 2019’s 6.18%. The national overpayment rate in 2022 was 9.84% while underpayments were 1.7%.

Alaska had the largest percentage of payment errors with almost 57%, and South Dakota and Idaho had the nation’s lowest overall payment error rates with 3.07% and 3.44% respectively.


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