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What is the "family cap"?

Produced by Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
Reviewed March 27, 2020

Families who get TAFDC usually get about $100 a month for each child. Before 2019, if a family was getting TAFDC and the mother got pregnant, DTA would usually not add another $100 for the new baby. This rule was the "Family Cap". 

The rule has changed. Massachusetts no longer has a Family Cap! Now families can get benefits for all their children as of Jan 1, 2019.

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