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Welfare 1 The Welfare Reform Act Axia College of University of Phoenix
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Welfare 2 The Welfare Reform Act The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, Public Law 104-193, which is also identified as the Welfare Reform Bill was signed into law by President William Clinton on August 22, 1996. This law changes how financial assistance is administered (MRSC, 2009, para. 1). Medicaid is a health-insurance program run by both the federal and state governments. It was created to provide health insurance coverage for people with disabilities, senior citizens, and families with low-incomes. In 1995, 41 million people had insurance coverage by Medicaid at a cost of $151 billion. The Congressional Budget Office released an estimate that the new law should lower federal spending on Medicaid by one percent in 2002. Doing so over six years would save $4 billion. Saving $4 billion could lessen the push to cut Medicaid spending even more, and thus reduce the federal deficit (Coughlin and Ku, 2009, para. 1). Entitlement status would not change, and neither would Medicaid’s actual delivery of health. Federal expenditures were lowered and the number of people covered was reduced (Coughlin and Ku, 2009, para. 1).
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