ERIC Number: ED423067
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Southern Regional Initiative To Improve Access to Benefits for Low Income Families with Children.
Shuptrine, Sarah C.; Grant, Vicki C.; McKenzie, Genny G.
With the passage of welfare reform, the consolidation of child care programs, the attainment of more state options under Medicaid, and the enactment of the State Children's Health Insurance Program, states are now able to significantly change fundamental health and social policies related to children. This project of the Southern Institute on Children and Families, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was designed to help southern states identify ways to improve access to benefits by low-income working families with children. Specific activities of the project included: the development of outreach information brochures and videotapes for use in southern states; site visits in 17 southern states and the District of Columbia to identify policies and procedures that present access barriers for low-income families and identify strategies being used to improve access to benefits; and a conference to promote dialogue on interagency and interdepartmental issues affecting low income families. This report outlines actions states are taking and can take to improve access to benefits, including issues related to the affordability of health coverage and child care in relation to family income, the categorical structure of benefit programs, counterproductive eligibility rules, inadequate transportation services, and the need for aggressive outreach. State strategies are summarized and state-by-state data are presented where available. Presentations from the Southern Regional Forum on Improving Access to Benefits for Families with Children are summarized. Six appendices include sample outreach brochures, state data on Aid to Families with Dependent Children application denials, and state contacts in fourteen states for Head Start collaboration. (KB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Southern Inst. on Children and Families, Columbia, SC.