Changes in Pandemic-Era Benefits Mean New Hardship for Millions



People needing direct cash assistance through TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) must prove their disability in order to be exempt from a work requirement, which can necessitate multiple tests and appointments with medical specialists. A report by the Center for Law and Social Policy documents additional renewed hurdles to accessing benefits. These requirements can be challenging for people with long COVID who are housebound, bedbound or unable to drive, according to Lisa McCorkell, co-founder of the Patient-Led Research Collaborative and contributor to the CLASP report.

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