House Passes Legislation to Expand Benefits for Families in Need: lifts the family welfare cap

March 14, 2019 – (BOSTON) – Representative Liz Malia (D-11th Suffolk), along with her colleagues in the House, announced the House passed legislation that lifts a decades-old family welfare cap.

The family cap limited access to Transitional Aid to Families with Dependent Children (TAFDC) benefits to children born prior to the date a family first began receiving benefits.

Lifting the cap will extend cash benefits to the 8,700 Massachusetts children and their families who have previously been excluded due to this policy. Children will no longer be denied $100 a month in welfare benefits based on when they were conceived.

This change will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2019.

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