Early Lessons from the Work Supports Strategies Initiative: Planning and Piloting Health and Human Services Integration in Nine States

Early Lessons from the Work Supports Strategies Initiative: Planning and Piloting Health and Human Services Integration in Nine States

April 3, 2013

Abstract

Work Support Strategies (WSS) is a multiyear, multi-state initiative to implement reforms that help eligible low-income families get and keep a full package of work support benefits, including Medicaid, nutrition assistance (SNAP), and child care assistance. This report summarizes the lessons learned from the nine planning grant states (Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina), just one year into a four-year project. The report includes what the states did, how they overcame challenges, and how the planning year changed their strategies and capacities for the future.

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