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Transitioning to EBT cards was associated with an increase in WIC participation

After a 2010 congressional mandate, states began transitioning from a paper voucher system to electronic benefits transfer (EBT) cards for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). An article in JAMA Pediatrics used administrative data from 2014-2019 to compare states that had and had not already transferred to WIC EBT and found that WIC participation increased by almost 8 percent in states that had transitioned to EBT cards compared to those that had not. EBT cards are more convenient than paper vouchers and are also less stigmatizing. #foodsecurity