Barry/Alexander Public Assistance Bill Beyond Just Bad

As I recently wrote, DC Councilmembers Marion Barry and Yvette Alexander have introduced a bill that would adopt the five-year lifetime limit established in the federal TANF statute.

Joni Podschun at Bread for the City points out that the bill reaches far beyond the District’s TANF program.

It would apply the time limit to all public assistance as defined in the DC Code. The relevant part of the code defines public assistance as “payment in or by money, medical care, remedial care, goods or services to, or for the benefit of, needy persons.”

Medicaid, insurance through the DC HealthCare Alliance, homeless services, child care subsidies, housing vouchers, publicly-subsidized legal assistance, financial aid for low-income grandparents who are raising their grandchildren ….

All these and who knows how many other forms of direct services and income support all cut off after five years, whether consecutive or intermittent.

Yikes!

2 Responses to Barry/Alexander Public Assistance Bill Beyond Just Bad

  1. […] UPDATE: I’ve learned that the Barry/Alexander bill reaches far beyond the District’s TANF program. I provide the relevant statutory language and some examples indicating its huge potential impacts in a brief followup posting. […]

  2. […] Fenty Wants Five-Year Lifetime Limit On Full TANF Benefits I thought the proposed five-year lifetime limit on TANF benefits and other D.C. public assistance was […]

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