Declining Immigrant Applications for Medi-Cal and Welfare Benefits in Los Angeles County

Research Report

Declining Immigrant Applications for Medi-Cal and Welfare Benefits in Los Angeles County

Abstract

This report is based on an analysis of administrative data from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Social Services. The data provide information on monthly approvals of applications for Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Medi-Cal, and General Relief for January 1996 to January 1998. The data show that the number of non-citizen monthly approvals for these benefits has dropped significantly since 1996, while the number of citizen approvals has either remained the same or declined more moderately. The report explores a number of reasons why fewer immigrants are applying for assistance for which they remain eligible.

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