State and Federal Policy Choices: How Human Services Programs and Their Clients Can Benefit from National Health Reform

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State and Federal Policy Choices: How Human Services Programs and Their Clients Can Benefit from National Health Reform

February 24, 2012

Abstract

Human services programs-the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, etc.-and their clients can benefit from national health reform. Applicants for health coverage can be linked to human services programs, cutting such programs administrative costs and improving access. Human services programs can also: (a) help Medicaid reach eligible consumers; (b) access time-limited federal funds for modernizing eligibility computer systems while protecting current funding streams; (c) keep social services offices available for health coverage applicants; and (d) use a forthcoming Medicaid expansion to accomplish core human services goals related to employment and child development.

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