Research Report Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: Colorado
Pamela J. Loprest, Lindsay Giesen
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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 describes Colorado's accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiatives first year. In this planning year, Colorado improved collaboration between the state human services and health agencies, and between the state and counties. Improved collaboration led to a shortened joint benefit application, quicker processing of SNAP applications and recertifications, cohesive plans for implementing health reform, and supplemental budget funds to improve the statewide automated benefits system.
Research Areas Health and health care Families Social safety net Children and youth
Tags Health insurance Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Welfare and safety net programs Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program  State programs, budgets Child care Medicare
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population