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Means-tested Programs

Means-tested programs are those available to persons or households that fall below a given level of income or economic worth. They are key to the social-safety net, intended to prevent falling into deep poverty. Among the means-tested programs in the United States are Medicaid, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (cash assistance), child care, selected education loans and grants, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance, refundable tax credits and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamps).