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States' welfare reforms largely focus on moving parents into employment and many states are now facing questions about dissabled parents who may be unable to work or remain employed. Time limit and work requirement provisions prompted a shift from an on going cash assistance system to one focused on moving parents into permanent jobs. The federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) rules allow for a maximum of five years, although many states have implmented shorter limits. States are allowed to exempt from the time limit on cash assistance up to 20 percent of their TANF caseload that's experiencing severe barriers to self-sufficiency. (Author)
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