One Year after Federal Welfare Reform

Research Report

One Year after Federal Welfare Reform

A Description of State Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Decisions as of October 1997


The state-by-state descriptions of cash assistance programs show that states have used the flexibility TANF granted to take very different approaches to major decisions surrounding welfare reform in areas such as program eligibility and benefits, time limits, and work requirements. Easy-to-read charts simplify making cross-state comparisons on many features of state welfare reform plans. These include asset limits, income eligibility limits, diversion assistance payments, eligibility of two-parent families, time limits, exemptions to time limits, extensions of time limits, work sanctions, work exemptions, work requirement time limits, benefit amounts, earnings disregards, family caps, and child-support pass-throughs. Especially hospitals, to continue to provide care to the uninsured. Nine findings relating to changes to Medicaid, HIPAA, employer-sponsored coverage, and long-term care dominate the study's portrait of state health policy.

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