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    • Stateline Story
    February 3, 2006
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    Congress has reauthorized the 1996 welfare reform program -- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) -- maintaining historic funding levels, but imposing tougher work standards. Welfare advocates say the new rules will discourage state innovation in work support programs. Supporters say the stricter rules will force states to do what the block grant program was originally intended to do -- move needy families from welfare to work.
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    • Stateline Story
    July 19, 2004
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    States must act to help the elderly enjoy their golden years with dignity and good health care, U.S. governors agreed Sunday. At the National Governors Association annual meeting, Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R) listed 20 ways governors can improve lives of the aging and disabled. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 18, 2004
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    A panel of child welfare experts today called for a bevy of changes to fix flaws in the countrys foster care system that have allowed children to get stuck in foster care limbo for too long, suffer abuse and neglect and sometimes go missing. The new report targets two key areas as needing improvement: federal funding and judicial oversight. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 8, 2003
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    Instances of children missing from foster care and suffering abuse and neglect while under state custody should motivate lawmakers to reform failing foster care programs, according to a new commission that plans to come up with recommendations to help improve the lives of foster children. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 25, 1999
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    The nation's new welfare program is a first step in improving the financial well-being of many of the nation's poor children, but it will fall well short of moving many of them out of poverty. An analysis of the working poor released yesterday by the Washington research group, Child Trends, finds children whose parents work as mandated by the new welfare law are far less likely to be poor than children in families whose parents are unemployed. But, the Child Trends analysis finds that improving work participation and marriage will not be enough. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 19, 1999
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    Consumer clamor for health care reform has state and federal lawmakers scrambling to enact patient protection legislation before the year is out. But in over one-third of the states, laws have already been enacted that have established an independent, impartial process for appealing denials of coverage. The programs are quick, hassle-free and inexpensive, and patients have about a 50-50 chance of getting negative decisions from their health plan overturned. But a Kaiser Family Foundation Report and stateline.org research shows that programs remain obscure and infrequently used more

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