To examine health barriers among TANF families, SCDSS and the Office of Research and Statistics (ORS) in the SC Budget and Control Board compiled data on hospital emergency department visits and hospital discharges among TANF families. For families active on TANF in June 2002, data matches were conducted against hospital emergency department records and hospital discharge records for the period from May 2001 to March 2002. Data were compiled on specific diagnostic categories for
cases where a match was found. In addition, analyses were conducted comparing rates of emergency department use and hospitalizations for TANF recipients and for the general population of South Carolina.