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

Month: May 2019

May 28 – 31, 2019

A national decline in kids enrolled in Medicaid and children’s health insurance – with the sharpest enrollment rate drop occurring in Tennessee – means more children likely have been left without health insurance, according to a report released Thursday.


Georgia’s Medicaid and PeachCare programs covered 20,000 fewer children at the end of 2018 than the year before, a new report says. That 1.6 percent drop is less than an overall 2.2 percent decline in enrollment nationally, according to the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The report, released


AUSTIN – In 2016, a foster baby born with severe defects needed constant monitoring from a nurse, to ensure he didn’t pull out his breathing tube…


About 5 percent of adults over age 65 said they skipped or rationed medication, or didn’t fill a prescription because of cost, according to a new report.



While Americans are aware that people in poverty need food, many don’t realize the problems caused by a lack of diapers.


The relocation is viewed by critics as the latest case of the Trump administration stifling the work of nonpartisan experts.


Move could reduce the number of families eligible for CYFD program


The Trump administration wants to count canned spray cheese, beef jerky, nacho cheese dip, and frozen burritos as staples under a proposal that could allow more retail stores to accept food stamps.


Bobby Akins lives on Auburn Avenue in downtown Atlanta. He lives in a high rise and has a fixed income, but finds himself in a food desert. That’s an urban


When several Shop ‘N Save grocery stores closed last year in north St. Louis, residents in some neighborhoods were left without easy access to healthy


Felons in Broward, Palm Beach and Miami-Dade counties owe more than $1 million in fees and interest. That makes a voter-approved amendment to restore felon voting rights meaningless for many of them.


May 20 -24, 2019

Infant mortality rates have dropped in expansion states and risen in nonexpansion states.


By looking at the difference between women’s insurance coverage and the health outcomes of moms and babies, researchers at Georgetown University Center for Children and Families show that states that have not expanded Medicaid have worse maternal and infant health outcomes compared to the states that have expanded Medicaid.


Religious and ideological opposition to vaccines has fueled the current measles outbreak. But there’s another factor driving low vaccination rates in some communities: poverty.


New studies shed light on how low-income children can beat the odds that are against them in school and beyond.


There’s a problem with the Trump administration’s proposal that Secretary Ben Carson defended before Congress on Tuesday. Local authorities don’t want to enforce it.


LAX airport noise has plagued a nearby Inglewood neighborhood that the city bypassed when it spent millions soundproofing homes in wealthier areas.


Gov. Newsom wants to give cities and counties $650 million to get homeless people into housing quickly. But the status quo is unlikely to change anytime soon.


Higher education officials are calling on Congress to fix a provision in the Trump administration’s tax overhaul that has caused unintended tax increases.



Trump signed a memorandum requiring the sponsors of legal immigrants to reimburse the government for any safety net programs they benefit from.


May 13 – 17, 2019

A CDC survey shows that 1.1 million more Americans were uninsured in 2018, an increase fueled by changes to the Affordable Care Act.


On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the nation’s first “public option” health insurance bill. Other states aren’t far behind.


Indiana could become the first state to offer up to $1,000 over 12 months to soften the pinch of healthcare costs to people who leave Medicaid.


No region has as many high-disparity states clustered together as the South.


Evictions rates were substantially higher in Chicago’s majority African American neighborhoods, the Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing found in a report.


Public housing officials estimate that it would cost $50 billion to fix up buildings that have fallen into disrepair nationwide. The Trump administration is calling for more private investment.


A proposed rule would target, and likely displace, thousands of immigrant families in New York City.


The Illinois Senate is poised to vote on a bill, already approved by the House, to allow some food stamp recipients to redeem benefits at restaurants.


Starting in June, the state will end a decades-old rule that excludes people receiving certain cash benefits from food stamps.


Steady economic growth hasn’t lifted the fortunes of millions of Americans amid mounting housing and medical costs