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How to Cut Poverty Rates Right Now

The simplest fix is getting people to sign up for help. Recent research suggests how.

Not how people sign up for welfare anymore.

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Why aren't America's public-assistance programs helping more people out of poverty? One important answer is that too many people who could benefit don't sign up. Just 32 percent of those eligible for welfare enroll, along with 64 percent for Supplemental Security Income. And nonusers are often the people who need help the most.

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