TANF and Work Supports
CLASP actively comments on federal regulations and guidance regarding the TANF program and other income and work supports, and provides analyses and summaries for state policy makers and advocates.
The February 2012 extension of TANF requires states to develop policies to restrict access to TANF assistance from ATMs and point of sale devices in certain locations. In June 2012, CLASP responded to HHS' request for comments on how to implement this provision.
In August 2008, the Administration for Children and Families issued a proposed rule that would have deleted 45 CFR § 261.43(b), which allows a state to receive an enhanced caseload reduction credit for maintenance-of-effort (MOE) expenditures above the minimum required. Along with others, CLASP objected to this proposal, seeing it as an unjustified attempt to reduce state flexibility and make the work participation rates harder to meet. According to the Unified Regulatory Agenda of May 11, 2009, this proposed rule was formally withdrawn on March 6, 2009.
For information on the regulations and guidance issued by HHS to implement the TANF components of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, see the TANF ARRA page.
In July 2011, CLASP submitted comments to the US Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) in response to a request for public comment on SNAP Eligibility, Certification, and Employment and Training Provisions. CLASP's recommendations are intended to help FNS implement provisions of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act (FCEA) of 2008, Pub. L. 110-246. The recommendations focused on four main areas: the dependent care deduction, access to benefits, transitional benefits, and employment and training services.
In August 2012, CLASP submitted comments to CMS on proposed data collection for the single, streamlined application mandated in the Affordable Care Act.
CLASP is a member of the steering commmittee of the Coaltion for Access and Opportunity. In October 2010, the Coalition commented on the planning and establishment of the health care exchanges to be created under the Affordable Care Act. The implementation of these exchanges is a critical component of meeting the Affordable Care Act's goals of universal health care coverage and "no wrong door" for access to benefits.
In July 2010, CLASP sent this letter to the Affordable Care Act Enrollment Workgroup, recommending the use of health care reform as a platform for benefits access.