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University of Wisconsin–Madison
Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

April 8 – 12, 2019

Malnutrition is brought on by several causes, but poverty remains a primary reason, experts say.


Almost every night, social workers, with kids in their back seats, are crisscrossing Mass. or camping out at a 24-hour McDonald’s as they await word of a foster family with space for another child.



Women of color are less likely to get treatment for postpartum depression because they fear they’ll be judged too quickly or harshly by child welfare services. Research shows those fears may be justified.


The Kansas Legislature is considering raising the Medicaid rate to reimburse dentists. It would be the first increase since 2001. Only about 30% of the state’s dentists accept Medicaid patients.


Starting July 1, some Hoosiers on Medicaid will be required to work part time or risk losing their health coverage.


Idaho Gov. Brad Little approved legislation Tuesday adding work restrictions and other conditions to the voter-approved Medicaid expansion initiative.


Justice Department asks appeals court to let Kentucky and Arkansas programs go forward.


Fifteen of the 25 enhanced shelters contracted by Seattle ended 2018 short of their performance goals, including shelters operated by longtime providers like Mary’s Place, Catholic Community Services and Compass Housing Alliance.


A new report proposes several bold, regional plans, including a new state agency and a region-wide database, to tackle the Bay Area’s homelessness crisis.