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Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

Month: January 2019

January 22 – 25, 2019

Nearly a hundred rural hospitals have closed since 2010.


Study says 17,000 people in Arkansas lost health coverage. But Indiana officials say program here is “fundamentally different.”


The federal government shutdown has thrown a wrench into a lawsuit seeking to overturn Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to overhaul the state Medicaid program.


Bipartisan support for reducing recidivism is driving most states to relax or lift the federal ban on drug felons receiving food stamps or cash assistance. Pennsylvania went the other way.


Advocates say higher incomes help low-wage employees, but one new report suggests the reality is more complicated.


While there’s bipartisan support for the concept of property tax relief, it’s a task complicated by New England’s long heritage of local government, the spread-out way that Mainers live and a desire not to raise other taxes.


With the Department of Housing and Urban Development hit hard, subsidies for low-income renters have stopped and nonprofits are scrambling to avoid layoffs and cuts to support services.


Health services for Native Americans in urban areas, domestic violence shelters, and programs that help people struggling with homelessness are impacted by the shutdown.


Low pay combined with a high cost of living make it even more of a challenge for those who suddenly find themselves without a paycheck.


January 14 – 18, 2019

States are scrambling to figure out how to fund the $4-billion-a-month food stamps program — and whether to keep cash welfare going. Some say it’s “probably not possible.”


Sixteen of Kentucky’s Medicaid recipients are suing the federal government to block Gov. Matt Bevin’s effort to revamp the state’s $9.7 billion-a-year Medicaid program by adding work requirements, co-pays and reporting duties for most able-bodied adults.


More than 700,000 Ohioans were removed from the state’s Medicaid program in just the first 10 months of 2018.Franklin County had the most


Should doctors warn patients of a policy threat that may not come to pass? That’s the question pending, as the Trump administration weighs whether to deny green cards to immigrants on Medicaid.


When half the kids are in poverty, our fractured towns can offer no future.


“You’ve got real haves and have nots in this county,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.


Research shows that no southern state has a suite of laws protecting tenants over landlords.


Forty-three percent of students interviewed at UK said they experienced food insecurity on campus, with nearly half of those reporting actual hunger because they can’t afford to buy food.


Gov. Doug Ducey proposes tapping $56 million in federal child care assistance that lawmakers left untouched last spring


Experts suggest that spending more on housing and services for this fragile population could save money in the long run.


They are Philly’s poorest minority group, but step inside a city homeless shelter and there are few Latinos. Why?


Democrats who control state government have reached a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15.


January 7 – 11, 2019

In many parts of America, like Corinth, Miss., judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time.


The idea might appeal to people hard-pressed to pay for plans on the health care exchanges.


The mayor’s announcement, first on national television, came as the Democrat-controlled State Legislature is weighing some form of universal health insurance.




As the shutdown drags on, it’s jeopardizing the welfare of those who live in HUD-subsidized housing, including low-income families and the elderly.


The shutdown’s impacts will fall the hardest on those who can afford it the least.


The US Department of Agriculture will continue providing food stamps to millions of Americans through February, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday.


Tens of thousands of low-income tenants could be at risk if the federal government shutdown drags on.


The issue, which makes it harder for some families to provide proof of their income, could block Pell grants, student loans, parent PLUS loans and other forms of federal financial aid from reaching students.