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Legislation shortens the time an adult may remain eligible for assistance

Beginning January 1, 2013, budget legislation shortens (from 48 months to 24 months) the duration an adult may remain eligible for assistance (cash aid and employment services) by meeting state-defined work requirements. The newly created 24-month time limit allows 24 cumulative months of welfare-to-work services as agreed upon in the recipient’s Welfare-to-Work plan.  Months do not need to be consecutive. The time limit is prospective.  For existing recipients, months of welfare-to-work services prior to January 1, 2013 will not be counted against this time limit; current recipients will be eligible for up to 24 months of welfare-to-work services unless they reach their 48-month lifetime limit prior to the end of their 24-month limit.

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