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Changes in Supplemental Security Income Disability Program May Spell Loss of Benefits for Tens of Thousands of Children

By Thomas Yates

The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 makes several changes in the children's Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program, the most far-reaching being the tightening of the children's SSI disability standard. This article discusses these changes, issues raised in implementation of the Act';s new childhood disability standard, and the overall impact of other welfare program changes.

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