State Time Limit Policies

Brief

State Time Limit Policies

October 20, 2004

Abstract

As of 2002, 26 states adopted the 60-month time limit on receipt of cash assistance established by the 1996 federal welfare reform law. This fast fact shows that seven states adopted shorter lifetime limits; six continue payments after recipients hit the 60 months. Further, states vary on how benefits may be interrupted or limited prior to reaching the time limit.

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