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11:17 class notes - 11/17 The means test: many people are...

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11/17 The means test: many people are eligible for yet do not receive public assistance from federal government CASH BENEFITS 1. Tanif: temporary assistance to needy families; created in ‘90s during Republican revolution a. Federal government funded states to aid families… states were able to set its own guidelines 2. SSI: temporary cash aid to people who are poor, old, blind, or disabled 3. Medicaid: health insurance for poor people 4. Food stamps: difficult to qualify for In order to receive aid, must be poor and remain poor means test Paradox of public assistance Total paradox attached to receiving public assistance… maintain status quo—poor must remain poor in order to reap these benefits; social stratification is maintained means test Public assistance programs help alleviate the deprivation poor people face The poor receive benefits that they so desperately need through these 4 aforementioned programs and indirectly/directly return these benefits to the
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This note was uploaded on 11/17/2011 for the course SOC 224 taught by Professor Davidcort during the Spring '11 term at UMass (Amherst).

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