August 18, 2013
The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 also known as the Welfare Reform Act with the intentions of changing the social welfare policy of the country. The idea for the Welfare Reform Act was to help reduce the amount of families that depend on government assistance while trying to helping each family to become more independent. The Welfare Reform Act was to replace the outdated program called Aid to families with dependent children program or formerly known as AFDC with another program that people known it as Temporary Assistance to Needy Families or TANF. In order for one to receive or to even become a candidate for TANF, there are certain guidelines that must be met. First, to qualify for TANF a person has to have qualifying dependents; as well as earned or unearned income not exceeding a certain amount set by TANF. Second, to take part in the TANF program one must be willing to seek obtainable employment to be determined by each state. Since the Welfare Reform Act was put in to effect each person has a time limit on how long they can receive benefits. When receiving benefits each person is only allowed to receive benefits for a maximum of 5 years of temporary assistance for a needy family in a lifetime. Since the reform act of 1996 was put into effect each person that is applying or receiving Medicaid insurance has changed that each application is filed separate than other benefits with separate guideline. With the new guidelines a person is allowed to stay on Medicaid for a lifetime if they meet the qualifications and if medically needed. The Welfare Reform Act also allows the government to collect unpaid child support from the parent of any of the families applying for the government assistance.
Another program that was put into place is Job program or educational program which is classes that give people the basic skills to achieve a job...