Welfare reform is about independence and dignity.
Welfare reform done properly means preserving resources for the truly needy, safeguarding taxpayer dollars, and encouraging work for able-bodied adults.
Given the billions spent on food stamps alone each year, our current course has only trapped people in government dependence and denied millions the opportunity to pursue the American Dream.
The situation became more dire during the pandemic. With the expansion of food stamps, the U.S. workforce began to shrink even more due to lax or non-existent work requirements for able-bodied adults—a consequence of poor policy choices by the federal government and many states.
This problem isn’t just limited to food stamps. Medicaid, public housing, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program all need reform, too. And the answer is a universal work requirement that can move 10 million able-bodied adults from welfare to work.
At the same time, integrity must be restored to these programs—anything less would be unsustainable for state budgets and would drown hardworking taxpayers.
A staggering one-fifth of Medicaid spending is “improper,” a result of fraud, abuse, or administrative errors. Adding to the pressure are millions of ineligible enrollees on the program that states cannot currently remove, no thanks to pandemic-era federal “handcuffs.” FGA’s welfare reform solutions are the answer.
Eligible for Welfare Until Proven Otherwise : How hospital presumptive eligibility pours gasoline on the fire of Medicaid waste, fraud, and abuse
ObamaCare created a new path to waste, fraud, and abuse by expanding presumptive eligibility to a new class of able-bodied adults and forcing states to implement it. As a result, ObamaCare’s “hospital presumptive eligibility” (HPE) policy mandates that states allow hospitals—the largest recipients of Medicaid funding—to determine if individuals are eligible for Medicaid on the […]READ MORE
An Unsustainable Path: How ObamaCare's Medicaid Expansion is Causing an Enrollment and Budget Crisis
The costs of Medicaid expansion—both for taxpayers and the most vulnerable—are simply too great to bear. States must reject the false promises and bait offered to get them to expand Medicaid.READ MORE
Bait-and-Switch: Idahoans Were Misled on ObamaCare Expansion and Are Getting a Raw Deal
Idaho legislators should withdraw from ObamaCare expansion and throw off the new Medicaid handcuffs.READ MORE
Gov. Kristi Noem: Empowering Families and Lifting Kids out of Poverty
South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem is leading a statewide effort to protect children and lift working families out of dependency by requiring parents to meet child support obligations in order to stay eligible for food stamps. Unpaid child support is a big problem nationwide. Absent parents currently owe billions of dollars in child support, which […]READ MORE
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Our Welfare Reform Research
Waivers Gone Wild: Congress Must Crack Down On Food Stamp Loopholes
Universal Work Requirements For Welfare Programs Are A Win For All Involved
President Biden Unilaterally and Unlawfully Increased Food Stamp Benefits
The Top Two Reforms to Restore Federal Fiscal Sanity
House-Proposed Work Requirements Would Limit Dependency, Save Taxpayer Resources, and Grow the Economy
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