Simulation of Medicaid and SCHIP Eligibility: Implications of Findings From 10 States. Final Report.. 2. Disregards for Child Care

08/16/2000

Many programs continue to use the old AFDC standard disregard for child care expenses.12 All the programs in Alabama, Florida, and New York that use a net income test employ this disregard. Some TANF programs, however, have dropped this disregard when the state implements other forms of child care support for TANF families--for example, programs in Arkansas and California. The treatment of child care expenses, like other policies, may differ across programs within a state, so that the TANF and S-SCHIP programs may not use this type of disregard, but the Medicaid 1931, poverty expansion, and M-SCHIP programs may do so--a pattern found in Arkansas, California, Colorado, and Connecticut.