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

Month: July 2019

July 22 – 26, 2019

Medicaid would no longer be an entitlement program.


Missouri Democrats want legislative investigations to find out why 120,000 people fell off the state’s Medicaid rolls. Republican governor Mike Parson’s administration has given several reasons.


Walk-in help is part of Democratic Governor Laura Kelly’s effort to unwind changes her Republican predecessor, Sam Brownback, made to the Medicaid application process that resulted in delays and complaints.


After two rounds of quarterly wage checks that are part of a new eligibility system for Louisiana’s Medicaid program, the number of people enrolled in Medicaid expansion in the state


The administration wants to close what it calls a “loophole” that allows states to give benefits to those who would not otherwise be eligible by raising or eliminating income and asset limits.


The Wisconsin Department of Health Services says a proposed USDA rule change could push 25,000 Wisconsinites out of the federal food benefit program known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.


As the crisis of homelessness worsens in many major urban areas, the Trump administration has proposed deep cuts in the federal housing budget and has walked back Obama-era policies aimed at homelessness, making the problem worse, many experts say.


Co-chairs of a task force on homelessness want a right-to-shelter requirement. But building large shelters and forcing people indoors may prove difficult.


SEPTA’s transfer fees and the distribution of jobs in the region combine to make commuting by public transit more expensive in Philadelphia for the people who can least afford it, a new Pew study finds.


July 15 – 19, 2019

The policy faces another court test, this time in New Hampshire, where officials delayed it amid public confusion and website glitches.


Indiana has become the latest state to implement work requirements for low-income residents who receive their health insurance through Medicaid _ a change opponents warn will cost some poor Hoosiers their health coverage.


While poverty rates for children have declined in recent years, the same can’t be said for the elderly in Wisconsin, according to a recent report.


The policy was intended to discourage government dependence. It didn’t seem to work.


With drug use surging in the past decade and a half, many parents are losing custody of their kids. But is foster care the best solution?


The study found that 47 per cent of First Nations children on and off reserve live in poverty


At Dewey Elementary in San Diego, where most kids have military parents, the line forms early at the food pantry for free produce, snacks and staples like bread.


This week, 11,000 Pennsylvanians have been receiving letters telling them that their $205 monthly General Assistance checks will stop.


It’s been 10 years since Congress raised the federal minimum wage and during that time, workers making the minimum have struggled to keep pace with rising cost of living. On Thursday, the House is set to vote on the Raise the Wage Act, a bill that aims to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025.


Johnny Gibbs has been trying to get a valid driver’s license for 20 years, but he just can’t afford it.


Krasner’s office said it was waiving fines and fees in an effort to help low-income defendants afford things like transportation and other costs associated with employment.


July 1 – 5, 2019

President Trump declares that the economy is doing “unbelievably well” after payrolls grow by 224,000 in June.


The rebound in job growth is an indication of the U.S. economy’s durability after more than a decade of expansion.


As companies are strained by rising health-care costs, they are shifting more of the burden to their employees, who are finding that option unaffordable.


A Trump administration proposal to increase the odds that immigrants will be dee…


In an out of jail, Ora Watkins said she hasn’t voted in more than a decade because of how difficult it was for felons in Nevada to regain their voting rights. The state Legislature changed …


Welfare payments in Georgia cost the government $35.3 million in 2018, down from more than $55 million a decade earlier.


Moving from poverty to wealth from one generation to the next is least likely in the South, but optimism there is greatest, tinged with political views.


Homelessness is often considered an urban problem. But rural Americans often experience homelessness as well. Advocates struggle to reach homeless rural residents and connect them with services.


For most of her 13 years working the grill and cash register at McDonald’s, Bettie Douglas earned just over $7 an hour. Then in 2017, the St. Louis grandmother’s hourly pay rose to $10 after the city increased its minimum wage.