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Program Take-Up Among CalWORKs Leavers

Medi-Cal, Food Stamps, and the EITC: An Evaluation of Participation in Work-Support Programs by CalWORKs Leavers

Published Jan 19, 2010

by Jacob Alex Klerman, Amy G. Cox, V. Joseph Hotz, Charles Mullens, John Karl Scholz

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This report is one of two from a research study commissioned from RAND by the Welfare Policy Research Project’s advisory board on behalf of the State of California. Welfare reform of the mid-1990s was intended to encourage recipients to leave cash assistance while continuing their participation in other work-support programs, in particular, the Food Stamp, Medi- Cal, and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs. Early reports suggested that participation in, or “take-up” of, such programs was low. In response, WPRP issued a Request for Proposals (RFP), “Employed Former Recipients’ Use of Income Support Programs,” to study the use of Food Stamps, Medi-Cal, and the federal EITC among Californians who left cash assistance. The RFP focused on people who left cash aid with paid employment and who remained eligible for one or more of the three programs.

This paper series was made possible by the NIA funded RAND Center for the Study of Aging and the NICHD funded RAND Population Research Center.

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