Do welfare programs have a marriage penalty?

While marriage and household formation is generally perceived as having a positive effect on the U.S. economy, marriage may put some middle-class couples at an economic disadvantage.

A recent report published by the American Enterprise Institute examined the link between eligibility for social welfare programs and income limitations that arise when lower- and middle-income couples wed.

The report explains that when two people who may independently be eligible to receive social benefits – like Medicaid – marry, their joint income may render them ineligible for the program as a couple.

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The biggest burden falls on families with incomes between $40,000 and $50,000, who are more likely to no longer qualify for the programs when married.

“The evidence suggests that now, the greater burden

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