Definitions and Data
We are examining working families’ utilization of the five largest means-tested safety net programs for which data is available: Medicaid; Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP); basic household income assistance under Temporary Aid for Needy Families (TANF); Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC); and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This analysis focuses on the families of year-round workers in Delaware who would receive a direct pay increase should SB15 pass. “Affected working family” is defined as a family where at least one member worked year-round (at least 45 weeks during the year) for at least 10 hours a week and earned less than $13.49 per hour (in 2019 dollars). This wage is equivalent to $15 in 2025 dollars. We exclude from the analysis those who work only part of the year, as well as those who would receive indirect pay increases due to wage-push caused by the higher minimum wage.
All amounts are adjusted to and reported as annual averages in 2019 dollars. Medicaid figures exclude aged, blind, and disabled enrollees. Our calculation method is described in the Appendix. The analysis reflects pre-COVID labor market conditions.