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Public News Service - AZ: Welfare Reform

The federal government rejected key parts of Gov. Doug Ducey's Medicaid reforms, while leaving in place Health Savings Accounts for Arizona families. (dmarshall/iStockphoto)

PHOENIX – Advocates for Arizona families are giving mixed reviews to a decision by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The federal agency has rejected key parts of Gov. Doug Ducey's requests to change the medical system for low-income families in Arizona. The governor wanted the A

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program

PHOENIX – Child and family advocates say spending cuts in budget proposals from the governor and Legislature not only hurt kids and their families, but also the state's economy. Children's Action Alliance President Dana Naimark says the waiting list for Arizona's KidsCare health program has g

PHOENIX - Any Arizonan qualified for federal food assistance can get it - for now - but advocates say that would change under the budget proposed by U.S. House Republicans. The GOP budget would convert SNAP, the food stamp program, to a state block grant and cut its total funding by 20 percent. Ari

PHOENIX - Up to a quarter-million low-income, childless adults would be cut off from Arizona's Medicaid program under various budget proposals being debated by lawmakers and the governor, who claim the current program is not sustainable. But Tim Hogan, director of the Arizona Center for Law in the P

PHOENIX - More than one million Arizonans are now using what used to be known as "food stamps" to purchase groceries for their families. Katie Kahle, program manager for the Arizona Community Action Association says enrollment in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) has risen steadil

PHOENIX - New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows 15 percent of Arizonans, or 938,000 people, have incomes below the poverty level. Among children, more than one in five are living in poverty. The federal poverty level for a family of four is $22,050 a year. The census figures are already a year

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