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Social Welfare Policies Today What is social welfare policy Social welfare policy is a term used for many different government programs which are designed to provide people with protection against want and deprivation plus to improve their health and physical well being to provide educational and employment training opportunities and in other words to enable them to lead more satisfactory meaningful and productive lives Chapter 17 in my American Government Continuity And Change book is titled Social Welfare Policy The chapter goes over three major points The points being The roots of Social Welfare Policy The Policy-Making Process and Social Welfare Policies Today The roots of social welfare talks about how most of the social welfare programs in the United States are largely a product of the twentieth century but their origins can be traced far back into the nations past Back into the Great Depression of the 1930s It talks about Income Security National Health Insurance and Public Education The next point is The Policy-Making Process which goes over the seven stages of the public policy process which are Problem Recognition and Definition Agenda Setting Policy Formulation Policy Adoption Budgeting Policy Implementation and Policy Evaluation And the last major point which I picked to examine in my paper is Social Welfare Policies Today That goes into todays Income Security Health Care and Public Education One of the topics in Social Welfare Policies Today is income security What income security programs does is protect the people against loss of income due to retirement disability unemployment or death or absence of the family income maker Studies in 1998 showed that a family of four with a gross yearly income of 13656 or less was recognized as falling below the federal poverty line There are two general categories for income security There are non-means-based programs that are programs such as social security where benefits are provided irrespective of the income or means of recipients And
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