Although many people leaving welfare under the 1996 federal welfare reform legislation retained eligibility for such programs as Medicaid, the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Food Stamps, studies suggested that from one-half to two-thirds of people leaving welfare were losing these benefits.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) designed a national program, Supporting Families After Welfare Reform: Access to Medicaid, SCHIP and Food Stamps, to remove administrative obstacles that prevent low-income families from securing health and Food Stamp benefits. In January 2000, RWJF's Board of Directors authorized $5.9 million for the program.
From January 2001 through September 2004, staff at the Minnesota Department of Human Services analyzed data regarding the reasons for the high rate of administrative-related denials and terminations in Medicaid and MinnesotaCare, and tested strategies to reduce those denials and terminations. As a result, staff at the Department of Human Services:
Key Results: The team and workgroup members worked with human services department staff and: