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Government offers assistance programs

Kailey Johnson

February 06, 2020

Government welfare is primarily aimed toward people with little to no income, the elderly, and the disabled. Welfare can be received in the form of grants, food stamps, vouchers, Medicaid, health care, and housing assistance. 

According to benefits.gov, in order to qualify for welfare in Nebraska, one must be a resident of Nebraska, a citizen of the US, either pregnant or responsible for a child under 19 years of age, have low or very low income, and be underemployed (working for low wages), unemployed or about to become unemployed.

 One type of welfare is SNAP. This is a federal program that helps millions of low income Americans put food on the table. SNAP stands for (supplemental nutrition assistance program). A family of four may earn an income of no more than $ 2,633 per month to receive benefits. 

Another kind of welfare is Medicaid, is a health insurance program geared toward people with low income and the elderly.

 Child’s Health Insurance Program, or (CHIP) is an extension of Medicaid. It provides low cost healthcare to children who wouldn’t qualify for Medicare. 


 

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