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The Aftermath of Welfare Reform Health, Health Insurance, and Access to Care Among Families Leaving TANF in Oregon
Journal of Family Issues (2007)
  • Karen Seccombe, Portland State University
  • Heather Hartley, Portland State University
  • Jason Newsom, Portland State University
  • Kim Hoffman, Portland State University
  • Gwen C. Marchand, Portland State University
  • Christina Albo, Portland State University
  • Cathy Gordon, Portland State University
  • Tosha Zaback, Portland State University
  • Richard S. Lockwood, Portland State University
  • Clyde Pope
Abstract

This research reports the initial findings of a statewide study that looks at health, insurance, and access to health care among families leaving Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) for work. Most national and state-level evaluation projects focus primarily on the employment characteristics of TANF leavers and pay little or no attention to health and access to health care. The quantitative data are from a sample of 637 adults in Oregon leaving TANF for work, and they are personalized by qualitative data from a subsample of 90 respondents. Our findings reveal significant barriers to accessing the health care system, even at a time when Medicaid enrollment is considered automatic, in a state with a relatively generous expanded Medicaid program.

Keywords
  • Access to health care -- Oregon,
  • TANF -- Oregon
Publication Date
February, 2007
Publisher Statement
Copyright (2007) Sage
Citation Information
Karen Seccombe, Heather Hartley, Jason Newsom, Kim Hoffman, et al.. "The Aftermath of Welfare Reform Health, Health Insurance, and Access to Care Among Families Leaving TANF in Oregon" Journal of Family Issues Vol. 28 Iss. 2 (2007)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/richard_lockwood/2/