Informing, Enrolling, and Reenrolling CalWORKs Leavers in Food Stamps and Medi-Cal

by Jacob Alex Klerman, Amy G. Cox

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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

  • Chapter One


  • Chapter Two

    The Food Stamp and Medi-Cal Programs

  • Chapter Three

    How CalWORKs Leavers Retain Food Stamps and Medi-Cal

  • Chapter Four

    Current and Former Recipients' Perceptions of Food Stamps and Medi-Cal For Calworks Leavers

  • Chapter Five

    Overarching Issues and Recommendations

  • Appendix A

    Data Sources and Methods

  • Appendix B

    Detailed Information on Counties Visited

  • Appendix C

    Procedural Issues in Leaving Cash Aid

  • Appendix D

    Describing Leavers and Their Earnings

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