3127.0: Monday, November 13, 2000: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM

Health Effects of Welfare Reform: Towards a Research and Policy Agenda

The 1996 federal welfare reform legislation was intended to provide incentives to move welfare recipients into the workforce, while keeping the Medicaid program intact. Evidence suggests that the legislation has been successful in moving people into the workforce, but that it has had unintended and negative effects on health coverage for low-income families. Health insurance coverage is associated with access to health care services and health status. It is therefore important to better understand the health consequences of welfare reform and to promote research and policy to alleviate those consequences. This session will: 1) explore how welfare reform affects the health of former welfare populations, 2) analyze state-level policies for expanding health coverage to low-income families, and 3) develop an advocacy agenda for research and policy
See individual abstracts for presenting author's disclosure statement.
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Facilitator(s):Alina Salganicoff, PhD
Organizer(s):Amal J. Khoury, PhD, MPH
2:30 PMPredictors of health insurance coverage after a welfare exit
Julie Hudman, PhD
2:50 PMHealth Effects of Welfare Reform in an Urban Setting
Usha R. Ranji, MS, Margie Schaps, MPH
3:10 PMFederal and state policy options for assuring coverage of low-income women in light of welfare reform
Jocelyn Guyer
Sponsor:Medical Care
Cosponsors:Environment; Labor Caucus; Social Work; Socialist Caucus; Women's Caucus

The 128th Annual Meeting of APHA