Informing, Enrolling, and Reenrolling CalWORKs Leavers in Food Stamps and Medi-Cal
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The federal 1996 welfare reforms were intended to move cash aid recipients into the workforce, while maintaining a set of "work supports", including Medicaid and Food Stamps. Given that those programs had primarily focused on non-working cash aid recipients and the large flow of people off the welfare roles in the mid-1990s, reorienting those programs to their new goals of serving the working poor would be a challenge. This paper considers how those changes were implemented in California.
Table of Contents
The Food Stamp and Medi-Cal Programs
How CalWORKs Leavers Retain Food Stamps and Medi-Cal
Current and Former Recipients' Perceptions of Food Stamps and Medi-Cal For Calworks Leavers
Overarching Issues and Recommendations
Data Sources and Methods
Detailed Information on Counties Visited
Procedural Issues in Leaving Cash Aid
Describing Leavers and Their Earnings
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