Research Report Early Lessons from the Work Support Strategies Initiative: Oregon
Jessica F. Compton, Ian Hill, Pamela J. Loprest
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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 Oregon's accomplishments and lessons learned during the initiative's first year. During the planning year, the state continued its numerous activities to streamline benefit eligibility for health programs, align policies across health and other work support programs, and prepare for an automated integrated eligibility system. The major focus of the WSS team was on change management in local field offices.
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  Child care Medicare Supplemental Security Income (SSI) Hunger and food assistance
Policy Centers Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population