Analysis of The Welfare Reform in the US

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Welfare Definition: Health, happiness, and good fortune; well being - this is what the Constitution means by "the general welfare," and this is the sense in which governments have established "welfare" programs. The ferocious political backlash against these programs has made "welfare" synonymous with them. A word originally used to advertise them has itself become negatively charged; consider the changed meaning of "welfare state" and the coinage of "corporate welfare." The Public Welfare Foundation is a non-governmental grant-making organization dedicated to supporting organizations that provide services to disadvantaged populations and work for lasting improvements in the delivery of services that meet basic human needs. Grants have been awarded in the areas of criminal justice, disadvantaged elderly and youth, environment, population, health, community and economic development, human rights and technology assistance. Benefits Provided: There are three elements to qualifying for COBRA benefits. COBRA establishes specific criteria for plans, qualified beneficiaries, and qualifying events. - Plan Coverage Group health plans for employers with 20 or more employees on more than 50 percent of their typical business days in the previous calendar year are subject to COBRA. Both full- and part-time employees are counted to determine plan. Each part-time employee counts, as a fraction of an employee, with the fraction equal to the number of hours that the part-time employee worked divided by the hours an employee must work to be considered full-time. - Qualified Beneficiaries A qualified beneficiary generally is an individual covered by a group health plan on the day before a qualifying event and is an employee, the employee's spou...

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... and many of the cases are closed because of a failure to comply with program rules. References Child Care Issues Impacting Welfare Reform in the Rural South, Alisa S. Ghazvini, Ann K. Mullis, Ronald L. Mullis, and Jennifer J. Park, Florida State University, http://srdc.msstate.edu/publications/reform09.htm, cited on: 21st May, 2003. http://www.welfareacademy.org/whoweare/, Cited on: 21st May, 2003. http://www.ncsl.org/statefed/welfare/welproject.htm, Cited on: 21st May 2003. The 1996 Welfare Law: Key Elements and Reauthorization Issues Affecting Children By: Mark H. Greenberg, Jodie Levin-Epstein, Rutledge Q. Hutson, Theodora J. Ooms, Rachel Schumacher, Vicki Turetsky, and David M. Engstrom, http://www.futureofchildren.org/information2827/information_show.htm?doc_id=102581, Cited on: 21st May 2003.

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