Welfare Reform 15 Years Later : Back Porch Policy
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Welfare Reform 15 Years Later

by Don Winstead on 09/25/11

In September, I made a presentation at the National Association for Welfare Research and Statistics (NAWRS) in Vail, Colorado.  The presentation looked at the subsequent receipt of TANF, Medicaid and Food Stamps (SNAP) of the 155,071 adults who received welfare in September 1996 and of the experience as adults of the 283,495 children receipients who are now old enough to be adults. A PDF version is listed in the documents section.  Bottom line: welfare as we knew it has ended.  Almost all adults got off welfare and stayed off.  A relatively small percentage of children became adult recipients with less than 1 percent (2 percent young women) receiving TANF today.  The Food Stamp story is different with over a third currently receiving SNAP benefits.

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