Online Information About Key Low-Income Benefit Programs
Publication Date: July 2004
Author(s): Sharon Parrott
Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Keywords: Economic inequality; Economic projections; Household income; State budgets
Virtually all states have made information regarding the five main state-administered low-income benefit programs — food stamps, Medicaid, SCHIP, TANF and child care — available to the public via the internet. There is significant variation between what online information is provided across states. Some provide a simple description of each program on their agencies websites. Others offer additional information, such as application forms, eligibility screening tools, and policy and procedure manuals used by state agency caseworkers. A few states allow individuals to apply for certain types of benefits online.