Legislation Introduced to Block State TANF Waivers

Legislation was introduced in both the House and Senate last week to block the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from granting waivers to states that could exempt them from work requirements under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. On July 12th HHS published an Information Memorandum (IM) indicating that it would consider such waivers. The IM provides examples of waivers that states may want to consider, including “projects that demonstrate strategies for more effectively serving individuals with disabilities, along with an alternative approach to measuring participation and outcomes for individuals with disabilities.” The Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act of 2012 (H.R. 6140, introduced by Rep. Dave Camp (R-MI), and S. 3397, introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)) would bar HHS from approving any waivers pursuant to the IM. The Arc opposes this legislation and has long supported proposals to give states this flexibility to better serve people with disabilities in their TANF programs.
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