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[ MM Curator Summary]: More states are using Medicaid enrollment as a proxy for free school lunch, saving duplicate application efforts.
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has added eight states to the 19 where students receiving Medicaid coverage will be automatically added to the program offering free or reduced-price school lunches.
A news release Tuesday says those states are Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
The department says this expands demonstration projects that have certified more than 1 million students for free means and nearly 260,000 for reduced-price meals since the 2012-2013 school year.
It says the 27 states now involved represent about 75% of students nationwide.