public assistance

noun

Definition of public assistance 

: government aid to needy, aged, or disabled persons and to dependent children

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Seema Verma, the top federal Medicaid official, has generally championed work requirements as a way to promote greater independence for Medicaid beneficiaries and reduce their reliance on public assistance. Robert Pear, New York Times, "A Fatal Flaw as Trump Tries to Remake Health Care: Shortcuts," 7 July 2018 But those who arrive for family reunification cannot obtain public assistance because their U.S. relatives have promised to support them. Sarah Moreno, miamiherald, "Cuban immigrants are no longer 'privileged' in the United States | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 A few years ago, Wisconsin launched the Youngstar system for rating early childhood centers serving children who get public assistance on a one-star to five-star basis. Four- and five-star centers get higher payments from the state. Alan J. Borsuk, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Borsuk: Rise of quality early education programs are bright spot for Milwaukee," 18 May 2018 She is charged with first-degree theft by welfare fraud, second-degree perjury and false verification for public assistance. Essence.com, "Rachel Dolezal Has Been Booked And Released From Jail Over Welfare Fraud Charges," 3 July 2018 Dolezal was charged this week with theft by welfare fraud, perjury and false verification for public assistance, court documents show. Faith Karimi, CNN, "Rachel Dolezal, white woman who portrayed herself as black, accused of welfare fraud," 25 May 2018 Among those who stay — awaiting asylum and unable to work — a small number receive public assistance for up to two years. Aritz Parra, Fox News, "Spain feels the heat as migrants shift route into Europe," 29 June 2018 Among those who stay — awaiting asylum and unable to work — a small number receive public assistance for up to two years. Washington Post, "Spain feels the heat as migrants shift route into Europe," 29 June 2018 City Manager Chris Peifer reported during the West University Place city council meeting on Monday, June 11, that the city received its first reimbursement of public assistance funds that were used for Hurricane Harvey clean up. Rebecca Hazen, Houston Chronicle, "West University Place receives first reimbursement from FEMA," 18 June 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of public assistance was in 1884

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public assistance

noun

English Language Learners Definition of public assistance

: money that the government gives to people who are poor, old, or disabled

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