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National Public Radio cited research from CalSIM, a microsimulation model developed by the Fielding School's UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the UC Berkeley Labor Center, in a story about why approximately 2 million Californians who qualify for food stamps fail to get them.
Millions of low-income Californians eligible for food stamps are not receiving the benefit, earning the state one of the lowest rankings in the nation for its participation in the program.
Just three states — Utah, North Dakota and Wyoming — have lower rates of participation, according to the latest available federal data released this year. Meanwhile, California is among the leaders on enrollment in Medi-Cal, the state's version of Medicaid, which also serves people living in low-income households.