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Public assistance programs for indigent families.

Poor families with children may be eligible for Temporary Aid to Needy Families (tanf), which is a monthly stipend paid through the state social services office. The amount depends on the number of children in the home, the state the family lives in, any support money coming from other sources and a variety of factors.

Families who are eligible for TANF are also eligible for MEDICAID, which is a medical insurance program for welfare recipients, and should not be confused with Medicare, a medical insurance program for older Americans who are not on public assistance.

Some families are eligible for Medicaid only and receive no money payments.

All families who receive TANF grants will also qualify to receive food stamps, a federally funded program to provide basic food needs to poor families.

Many teenagers and single birthmothers apply for and receive welfare benefits. These benefits may continue as long as the recipient remains indigent and his or her children are minors.

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