Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
This program developed out of the Welfare Reform Initiative replaced the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program. TANF requires eligible families a five year limit on welfare benefits and has a requirement for participation in a work program. Under this program, the welfare family has direct access to Medicaid services. When they are no longer eligible after the five year period, their children are to remain eligible for Medicaid services. Many children with special health care needs are lost within the welfare system. Their families are often not aware of other programs and services their children may be eligible to receive.