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

Month: June 2019

June 24 – 28, 2019

The potential change in the federal poverty line would lower the number of people who qualify for social services by almost 1 million.


A new report from the University of Wisconsin-Madison says poverty in Wisconsin has remained mostly stagnant over the past decade, despite historically low unemployment in recent years.


Walmart is expanding a program for food stamp recipients to buy groceries online and pick them up in stores. It’s the latest move to give them more options in the era of online shopping.


Nonprofit hospitals pay virtually no local, state or federal income tax. In return, they provide community benefits, including charity care to low-income patients. In Memphis, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare has brought 8,300 lawsuits for unpaid medical bills in just five years.


Health inequities are getting worse, according to new research. Factors like income, race and gender are playing a larger role in health outcomes than they did 25 years ago.


The long lines and problems facing a temporary free clinic in rural Tennessee reflect the reality facing areas with diminished medical care.


Missouri has one of the worst rates of maternal mortality in the nation. Some Democrats worry that the state’s new abortion restrictions could make that rate worse. Republicans say they’re addressing the issue.


One Montgomery woman shares her story of a catastrophic birth and what it took to survive.


Before he got another chance at freedom, Tyrone Henley spent six weeks in jail, unable to put up $25,000 cash bail. But last week, Henley and dozens of


Finding quality, affordable child care is a problem across Maine. For some parents, it’s a financial hardship. For others, it means forgoing education or a better job to stay home with the kids.


The world is facing a “climate apartheid” between the rich who can protect themselves and the poor who are left behind, the UN has warned.


June 17 – 21, 2019

Arkansas’ Medicaid work requirement plan backfired because it caused thousands of poor adults to lose coverage without any evidence that employment increased.


The number of children in the United States increased by more than 9 million in 30 years, with most of that increase among children of color in southern and western states.


Only 58% of foster teens live with a family instead of a group home.


Obesity rates among 2- to 4-year-olds on the federal Women, Infants, Children nutrition program declined from 15.9% in 2010 to 13.9% in 2016, a report says.


WASHINGTON – America has now gone longer without an increase in the federal minimum wage than at any point in the law’s eight-decade history.



A new study examines whether cities respond to complaints as quickly in poor neighborhoods as they do in rich ones.


Partition sales erode generational wealth and create housing and financial instability.


More than half of surveyed clients of The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland and Community Legal Aid were more stable after resolving a civil legal problem.


According to the most comprehensive report of its kind, states spend more than $9 billion a year incarcerating people who violate community supervision terms that even corrections officials admit are difficult to comply with.


At least 10 states permit workers to put a lien on an employer’s property in connection with a wage claim.


President Donald Trump’s administration proposed a rule on changing how poverty is calculated that would make 15,000 fewer households in California eligible for SNAP, Medicare and other benefits.


California lawmakers have agreed to reduce business write-offs in the state tax code to match some changes made by President Trump’s 2017 federal tax overhaul. It will raise more than a billion dollars to expand a tax credit for the working poor.


June 10 – 14, 2019

But a handful of cities are starting to provide counsel in civil court.


Forget the school of hard knocks. Trauma and poverty hurts kids, a Penn and CHOP study finds.


Instead of giving cash assistance to poor families, states are widening the racial divide.


Low-income Americans who use government safety net programs could be affected by a number of proposed rules and actions in areas such as housing, food aid, overtime and immigration.


Officials in L.A.’s suburbs say they are indeed in compliance with a court ruling that says cities cannot stop homeless people from sleeping on sidewalks.


Having to come up with $1,000 unexpectedly can be a challenge for anyone. NPR’s recent poll on rural health found that especially true for one group: people with disabilities.


Patients who say they were mistakenly cut from Georgia’s Medicaid rolls cite great difficulty in trying to talk to state services to fix the problem.


It’s largely because tens of thousands of people were booted from Medicaid rolls following bolstered eligibility checks.


Minnesota is one of about a dozen states trending in a positive direction. But the price tag is still too high for low-income students at most of the state’s two- and four-year schools.