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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Federal Benefits

Almost half of Americans receive some kind of federal benefit.  Just over a third live in a household receiving help from at least one means-tested program.

The US Census Survey of Income and Program Participation reports on people by receipt of benefits from selected programs: monthly averages, April, May, June, 2011. 

The figures for means-tested programs include anyone residing in a household in which one or more people received benefits from the program.

           All people 100.0
Received benefits from one or more programs 49.0
   Social Security 16.2
   Railroad Retirement 0.1
   Veterans' compensation 1.0
   Unemployment compensation 1.7
   Workers' compensation 0.2
   Veterans' educational assistance  --
   Medicare 14.9
   One or more means-tested programs  35.1
      Public or subsidized rental housing 4.5
      Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 6.5
      Food stamps  15.8
      Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) 2.0
      Other cash assistance 1.8
      Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) 7.5
      Medicaid 26.4