Prepared for the Economic Opportunity Poverty Reduction Task Force.
The assistance provided by the Aid to the Needy Disabled (AND) program for Colorado’s neediest population has declined in recent years. Although funding has remained stable through the recession, the monthly benefit has declined as more people became eligible and enrolled in the program. Increasing funding to AND would ensure that those who are most affected by the great recession are not left behind.1 By providing a modest monthly cash grant to people with disabilities who are unable to work, AND serves as a critical safety net for the state’s most vulnerable citizens. In addition, an economic analysis shows that bolstering the program would provide a boost to the state’s economy.