Saturday, December 24, 2005
The United States Senate on Wednesday adopted measures giving states greater flexibility and more financial incentives to pay current and former welfare recipients the full child support owed them. For low-income families, who must forfeit their child support checks to receive welfare, this was good news. Traditionally, the federal government has required states to return at least a portion of the child support check as payback for cash benefits received by families on public assistance. The measures still must be approved by the House of Representatives. Under the bill, states would be allowed to return all the child support monies owed to families formerly on assistance. States could also return all child support payments to families currently on public assistance, but would have to themselves reimburse the federal government in part for federal benefits paid these families. Source: Judith Davidoff, Capital Times, Madison.com. For more information, please click here (last visited December 24, 2005, reo).