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Welfare Reauthorization: Overview of the Issues

Welfare Reauthorization: Overview of the Issues

Date: June 8, 2005
Creator: Falk, Gene; Gish, Melinda & Solomon-Fears, Carmen
Description: In February 2002, the Administration proposed its welfare reauthorization plan. The debate was dominated by controversy over the amount of child care funding and the Administration's proposed changes to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) work participation standards. The final agreement reflects the same child care funding increase that was provided in House-passed welfare reauthorization measures in 2002 and 2003 ($1 billion in additional mandatory child care funding over five years). The 2005 Senate Finance Committee welfare reauthorization bill would have provided $6 billion in additional child care funding over five years. Though the final agreement would require states to increase the share of their families participating in TANF work activities, it does not include the Administration's proposal to set a 40-hour workweek standard or revise the activities that count toward the standard. The reauthorization debate also reflected a renewed focus on noncustodial parents and on family formation issues. The budget agreement includes responsible fatherhood initiatives and a scaled back version of the President's initiative to promote healthy marriages.
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Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Formula and Estimated Allocation Rates

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): Formula and Estimated Allocation Rates

Date: April 29, 2005
Creator: Whittaker, Julie M
Description: None
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Child Welfare Financing: An Issue Overview

Child Welfare Financing: An Issue Overview

Date: April 6, 2005
Creator: Stoltzfus, Emilie
Description: The purpose of this report is to describe the federal interest in child welfare (as expressed by Congress); describe the current level and structure of federal dedicated child welfare financing and examine trends in the appropriation and spending of this money; and to review the extent to which states rely on non-dedicated federal funds for child welfare purposes. Finally, the report discusses the future federal commitment to child welfare financing, along with the concepts of flexibility and accountability, as these relate both to current law and to recent proposals to alter federal child welfare financing.
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State Medicaid Program Administration: A Brief Overview

State Medicaid Program Administration: A Brief Overview

Date: March 30, 2005
Creator: Grady, April
Description: None
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How Medicaid Works - Program Basics

How Medicaid Works - Program Basics

Date: March 16, 2005
Creator: Herz, Elicia J; Hearne, Jean P; Stone-Axelrad, Julie; Tritz, Karen; Baumrucker, Evelyne P; Scott, Christine et al.
Description: None
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TANF Reauthorization: Side-by-Side Comparison of Current Law and Two Versions of H.R. 4 (108th Congress)

TANF Reauthorization: Side-by-Side Comparison of Current Law and Two Versions of H.R. 4 (108th Congress)

Date: March 1, 2005
Creator: Burke, Vee & Falk, Gene
Description: None
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Medicaid Expenditures, FY2002 and FY2003

Medicaid Expenditures, FY2002 and FY2003

Date: February 15, 2005
Creator: Tritz, Karen
Description: None
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Social Security and Medicare: The Economic Implications of Current Policy

Social Security and Medicare: The Economic Implications of Current Policy

Date: January 28, 2005
Creator: Labonte, Marc
Description: None
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Coverage of the TANF Population Under Medicaid and SCHIP

Coverage of the TANF Population Under Medicaid and SCHIP

Date: January 27, 2005
Creator: Herz, Elicia J
Description: Health insurance is an important support for individuals receiving, leaving or diverted from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) welfare or cash assistance program for low-income families. Medicaid and SCHIP (State Children’s Health Insurance Program) are key vehicles for providing such coverage. While there is no formal link between TANF and either Medicaid or SCHIP, some TANF-eligibles, especially children, are likely to qualify for one of these programs. But state eligibility rules can be complex and often differ for parents versus children, leaving some parents, in particular, without coverage.
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Medicaid and the Current State Fiscal Crisis

Medicaid and the Current State Fiscal Crisis

Date: January 21, 2005
Creator: Scott, Christine
Description: None
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