Jointly offered with FMSC498P. Credit only granted for PLCY388A or FMSC4 98P. For poor and low-income families, federal programs such as Medicaid , Child care, SNAP and child nutrition programs are a lifeline every day. Some programs also have policies that consider more than income eligibility, such as number of hours of work, disability, and immigration status. Budget choices have a significant impact on pol icy intentions. Students will learn about and analyze the major federal programs and federal budgets for these policy areas; understand fro m data the impact of such programs and policies; and be introduced to significant advocacy efforts and considerations that shaped hese po licy decisions.