The Application Process For TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and SCHIP. Chapter 4. Application Forms

01/01/2003

All benefitprograms require applicants to complete a written application. This chapter compares the application forms used in the study sites for the four benefit programs.1 Special attention is paid to features that can make completing application forms particularly difficult or confusing for immigrants and limited English speakers. The general accessibility of application forms in terms of where and how they can be obtained is considered first. This is followed by a description of the integrated application forms used in the study sites for TANF/FSP/Medicaid (and sometimes SCHIP as well), highlighting differences in length and areas of particular relevance for immigrants and limited English speakers. Applications for only Medicaid and/or SCHIP benefits are then described, focusing on the ways in which these program applications differ from integrated applications.

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