The Application Process For TANF, Food Stamps, Medicaid, and SCHIP. Gaining Access to Program Benefits: Various Initial Points of Entry


The traditional welfare application process (i.e., TANF/FSP/Medicaid) contains a single point of entry — the welfare agency. Alternative points of entry are sometimes available to families interested in obtaining assistance that does not include TANF benefits. This section reviews the major organizational entry points for the four benefit programs considered in this study as of mid-2001 (see Exhibits 3-1 and 3-2).

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