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

August 19 – 23, 2019

A program with an intensive approach offers a rare success story in producing lasting wage gains. Its guiding principle: “We will not let them fail.”


For many people in medical debt, a trip to the emergency room leads to the courtroom.


The states with the highest Medicaid prescribing rates for the anti-craving drug buprenorphine — Vermont, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana and Ohio — all expanded the program.


The Medicaid-approved changes to Ohio’s state plan should remove barriers and expand Ohio’s ability to reduce lead risks in homes where Medicaid-eligible children and pregnant women live and spend time.


About 33,000 are eligible for the Adult Dental Pilot Program, the first time in nearly 50 years that some adults on Medicaid in Maryland will have basic dental coverage.


In Wisconsin, a third of county jail inmates stayed in lockup because they couldn’t pay low-cash bonds, a study found.


Some 250,000 families in California receive only $50 per month in child support because they’re on government assistance. The rest of the money goes back to the state to pay for those public safety net programs.


Seventy U.S. mayors rebuked the Trump administration’s proposed cuts to the federal food stamp program in a signed letter.


Nearly 10,000 people in Los Angeles live in vehicles. The City Council recently extended a ban on sleeping overnight in cars, vans or RVs in residential areas and near parks or schools.