UM17-Q1: A Review Comparing Federal and State Means-Tested Programs



This project will present a review of the main means-tested programs in the U.S.: how they operate, common features, and the rules governing eligibility. The emphasis will be on a comparative analysis across programs. The U.S. programs covered will include, in addition to SSI, the SNAP (Food Stamp) program, child food and nutrition programs (school lunch and school breakfast), Medicaid, TANF, subsidized housing programs, child care programs, and job training programs. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will receive some attention but less than the others because it is quite different in goals and operation and is unlike a traditional means-tested program like SSI.


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