Final Report for Policy Evaluation of the Effect of the 1996 Welfare Reform Legislation on SSI Benefits for Disabled Children
This document is the final report for an evaluation conducted by RAND for the Social Security Administration (SSA) titled "Policy Evaluation of the Effect of the 1996 Welfare Reform Legislation on SSI Benefits for Disabled Children." The study was designed to evaluate how the 1996 PRWORA legislation affected and will affect SSI caseloads and costs, and how the law affected children and their families who lost eligibility. The study included analyses of SSA administrative data, a nationally representative secondary database, and case study interviews in four states. The purpose of this final report is to summarize the findings of the case studies and descriptive analyses reported elsewhere. In addition, we report on ne w analyses of the net impact of the legistlationon SSI childhood caseloads and costs and the impact of the legislation on affected families using data from the Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP).