VMS joins leading health care organizations from New England states and New York in asking their fourteen U.S. Senators to“oppose any Farm Bill that cuts or restricts access to SNAP” (the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program). The letter signees include Medical Societies from all seven states, in addition to state Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Family Physicians, Nurses Associations, hospitals, health centers, and other prominent health care providers and organizations. Recently, Vermont's Senator Leahy, who serves as the Vice Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, sought to pass language that would expand access for low-income families to use their SNAP benefits at farmer's markets. The letter provides research on health benefits associated with SNAP, the country’s largest program for reducing food insecurity. The organizations maintain that, “Restricting access to SNAP or cutting benefits threaten the health of our patients and make provider’s jobs of treating illness more difficult and costly.” A copy of June 11, 2018 letter is available HERE.