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  • Individual Author: Lubin, Andrea; Deka, Devajyoti
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2012

    Transportation barriers are often cited as the primary reason for the discrepancy in employment rate between persons with disabilities and others. Yet little information is available about the transportation barriers and needs of persons with disabilities who are searching for employment. The primary objective of this descriptive paper is to share valuable information from a unique survey of persons with disabilities who are actively searching for employment in New Jersey. The paper examines the role of public transportation in providing job access to persons with disabilities. It provides information and insights on the availability, usage, needs, barriers, and perceptions of the survey respondents about different public transit modes, and discusses the implications for agencies that provide public and human services transportation. The research shows that despite frequent utilization of public transportation by job-seeking persons with disabilities, many are dissatisfied with public transportation. While satisfaction seems to be high regarding ADA-compliant vehicle equipment,...

    Transportation barriers are often cited as the primary reason for the discrepancy in employment rate between persons with disabilities and others. Yet little information is available about the transportation barriers and needs of persons with disabilities who are searching for employment. The primary objective of this descriptive paper is to share valuable information from a unique survey of persons with disabilities who are actively searching for employment in New Jersey. The paper examines the role of public transportation in providing job access to persons with disabilities. It provides information and insights on the availability, usage, needs, barriers, and perceptions of the survey respondents about different public transit modes, and discusses the implications for agencies that provide public and human services transportation. The research shows that despite frequent utilization of public transportation by job-seeking persons with disabilities, many are dissatisfied with public transportation. While satisfaction seems to be high regarding ADA-compliant vehicle equipment, many are dissatisfied with the level of transit service and environmental barriers between homes and transit stations/stops. It can be inferred from the results that a multitude of strategies will be needed to address the travel needs and barriers of job-seeking persons with disabilities in the state. In addition to assisting human services transportation planning and providing insights to vocational rehabilitation counselors, the observations in the study will be used to lay down the framework for more rigorous research on transportation needs and barriers of persons with disabilities. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Hildebrandt, Eugenie; Kelber, Sheryl T.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2012

    We compare the experiences of women from three studies who were in different stages of participation in the U.S. welfare program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The setting for the studies was a large Midwest urban county, targeted chain referral sampling was used, and the combined sample of the three studies was 106 women. The instruments were a semi-structured interview guide, the HANES General Well-Being Schedule and a demographic data form. Quantitative data are augmented with qualitative interview data. The findings suggest barriers to self-sustaining employment include health challenges, limited education, socio-economic marginalization, and the welfare policy itself. Nurses are well positioned to advocate for women in poverty and mitigate the health challenges they face. The findings add to the limited evidence base on which the TANF policy is based and can be used to modify the policy to increase the success of the women who participate in it. (author abstract)

    We compare the experiences of women from three studies who were in different stages of participation in the U.S. welfare program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). The setting for the studies was a large Midwest urban county, targeted chain referral sampling was used, and the combined sample of the three studies was 106 women. The instruments were a semi-structured interview guide, the HANES General Well-Being Schedule and a demographic data form. Quantitative data are augmented with qualitative interview data. The findings suggest barriers to self-sustaining employment include health challenges, limited education, socio-economic marginalization, and the welfare policy itself. Nurses are well positioned to advocate for women in poverty and mitigate the health challenges they face. The findings add to the limited evidence base on which the TANF policy is based and can be used to modify the policy to increase the success of the women who participate in it. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Remler, Dahlia K.; Glied, Sherry A.
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2003

     Many uninsured Americans are already eligible for free or low-cost public coverage through Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but do not “take up” that coverage. However, several other public programs, such as food stamps and unemployment insurance, also have less-than-complete take-up rates, and take-up rates vary considerably among programs.

    This article examines the take-up literature across a variety of programs to learn what effects nonfinancial features, such as administrative complexity, have on take-up. We find that making benefit receipt automatic is the most effective means of ensuring high take-up, while there is little evidence that stigma is important. (author abstract)

     Many uninsured Americans are already eligible for free or low-cost public coverage through Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) but do not “take up” that coverage. However, several other public programs, such as food stamps and unemployment insurance, also have less-than-complete take-up rates, and take-up rates vary considerably among programs.

    This article examines the take-up literature across a variety of programs to learn what effects nonfinancial features, such as administrative complexity, have on take-up. We find that making benefit receipt automatic is the most effective means of ensuring high take-up, while there is little evidence that stigma is important. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Arno, Peter S.; Sohler, Nancy; Viola, Deborah; Schechter, Clyde
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2009

    The principal objective of our research is to examine whether the earned income tax credit (EITC), a broad-based income support program that has been shown to increase employment and income among poor working families, also improves their health and access to care. A finding that the EITC has a positive impact on the health of the American public may help guide deliberations about its future at the federal, state, and local levels. The authors contend that a better understanding of the relationship between major socioeconomic policies such as the EITC and the public's health will inform the fields of health and social policy in the pursuit of improving population health. (author abstract)

    The principal objective of our research is to examine whether the earned income tax credit (EITC), a broad-based income support program that has been shown to increase employment and income among poor working families, also improves their health and access to care. A finding that the EITC has a positive impact on the health of the American public may help guide deliberations about its future at the federal, state, and local levels. The authors contend that a better understanding of the relationship between major socioeconomic policies such as the EITC and the public's health will inform the fields of health and social policy in the pursuit of improving population health. (author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Himmelstein, David U. ; Warren, Elizabeth; Thorne, Deborah; Woolhandler, Steffie
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 2004

    In 2001, 1.458 American families filed for bankruptcy. To investigate medical contributors to bankruptcy we surveyed 1771 personal bankruptcy filers in five Federal courts, and subsequently completed in-depth interviews with 931 of them. About half the debtors cited medical causes, indicating that between 1.850 and 2.227 million Americans (filers plus dependents) experienced medical bankruptcy, out-of-pocket costs averaged $11,854 since the start of the illness; 75.7% had insurance at the onset of the illness. Medical debtors were 42% more likely than other debtors to experience lapses in coverage. Even middle class, insured families often fall prey to financial catastrophe when sick. (author abstract)

    In 2001, 1.458 American families filed for bankruptcy. To investigate medical contributors to bankruptcy we surveyed 1771 personal bankruptcy filers in five Federal courts, and subsequently completed in-depth interviews with 931 of them. About half the debtors cited medical causes, indicating that between 1.850 and 2.227 million Americans (filers plus dependents) experienced medical bankruptcy, out-of-pocket costs averaged $11,854 since the start of the illness; 75.7% had insurance at the onset of the illness. Medical debtors were 42% more likely than other debtors to experience lapses in coverage. Even middle class, insured families often fall prey to financial catastrophe when sick. (author abstract)

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