Previous reports have described these MFIP participants at the start of the study, six months, one year, and two years later. A special report examined health care coverage and utilization by leavers at 18 months after baseline. This report focuses on the issue of the 60-month time limit to provide information about the situation of MFIP participants most likely to be affected by the time limit. Future reports will focus on teen mothers, job retention and advancement, the status of leavers, and other relevant issues through the rest of the five years of the study.
In the first quarter of 2002, interviewers talked to people from the Recipient sample who had accumulated at least 36 months counted toward the time limit as of November 2001, had received cash assistance sometime during the six months of June through November, lived in Minnesota, and had not qualified for Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The survey completion rate was 84 percent; 178 of the 211 participants who met these criteria were interviewed.
The report addresses how these long-term MFIP families were faring under welfare reform and an economy that was in trouble in early 2002. It includes data from the surveys and administrative records. Information from these families will supplement administrative data on the hundreds of families in the MFIP caseload reaching the time limit each month starting in June 2002. (author abstract)