For middle-class and wealthy families, securing government aid tends to be free of hassles. For low-income families, the process is often stigmatizing and the benefits meager.
Monthly payments to families with children could lift millions of US children out of poverty.
The stories people tell about welfare rarely match up with the stories told by people actually receiving aid.
An often invisible force is undercutting support for policies that help Americans facing economic hardship.
Republicans have sought to limit Medicaid, and a key component of those efforts is requiring that those who receive Medicaid benefits work. But many already do, and others can’t, a scholar explains.
As the GOP prepares to slash spending to pay for tax cuts, lawmakers have been bringing up claims about the poor that don’t stand up to scrutiny.
Only very low-income Americans who are working or looking for work are eligible for federal, time-limited welfare dollars. This restriction doesn’t always help them get back on their feet.
Trump’s rationale for cutting the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program rests on a myth at odds with contemporary data.
Misleading stereotypes help explain why the share of families living in poverty who benefit from a core assistance program has plummeted – and why Trump wants new cuts.
President Trump has proposed a major funding shift for Medicaid, the joint federal-state program that pays for health care for about 75 million poor people. Would the safety net fray if he did so?