In the 90s many States in the United States used waivers to reform their aid to families also known as AFDC programs. AFDC programs provide cash grants to low income families also known as TANF this key element of the United States economic safety net to help families with children. There is negative and positive implication of the Welfare Reform Act on Medicaid. You will learn about these negative and positive throughout this paper.
There are many positive and negative implications when it concerns “The Welfare Reform Act” that came about in 1996. Welfare has been many debates dealing with this issue since the 1960s, and continues to be a contentious issue for many years to come. In the late 1980s, some communities were calling for a reform of the Welfare because their concerns for the personal responsibility. Then Welfare and Opportunity Reconciliation Act also known as PRWORA came into effect. Bill Clinton signed a personal responsibility and work opportunity reconciliation in 1996. The Welfare Reform Act changed the United States welfare system excessively, and the Welfare Reform Act was set to provide more guidelines to which regards to the administration of Welfare benefits. The United States changed how funding is available to help families financially and how it is administered to recipients who can be eligible for Welfare benefits. The Welfare Reform Act caused multiple groups to lose their benefits, but this created better opportunities for those living in poverty. The Welfare Reform Act successfully fulfilled its goals of creating less dependency. When the Welfare Reform Act changed its laws it caused many beneficiaries to lose their coverage’s. “Since attention focused on the ill-fated Medicaid block grant proposal, the welfare reform-related changes came as a surprise too many. While the welfare reform law does not change how Medicaid delivers health care nor alter its entitlement status, it reduces the number of people covered...
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