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1992 February

Energy Assistance Plans

Alternative Distribution Methods for LIHEAP Benefits Good Business, Good Government, Good Social Policy

By Roger D. Colton & Margot Saunders

This article describes the various alternatives available for the distribution of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funds. These alternatives include the Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) and several actual-cost based models, such as the LIHEAP Lifeline Rate Plan, the Outlier Buy-Down Program, and the Actual Cost Crisis Program.

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Medicaid and the Elderly Poor—A Second Look at the Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act

Transfer of Assets and Spousal Impoverishment

By Jeanne Finberg & Patricia Nemore

The Medicare Catastrophic Coverage Act of 1988 and its amendments made significant changes in the Medicaid program for elderly persons. This article reexamines the spousal impoverishment and transfer of assets rules, and addresses issues of implementation and statutory construction that affect poor seniors.

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