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

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January 14 – 18, 2019

States are scrambling to figure out how to fund the $4-billion-a-month food stamps program — and whether to keep cash welfare going. Some say it’s “probably not possible.”


Sixteen of Kentucky’s Medicaid recipients are suing the federal government to block Gov. Matt Bevin’s effort to revamp the state’s $9.7 billion-a-year Medicaid program by adding work requirements, co-pays and reporting duties for most able-bodied adults.


More than 700,000 Ohioans were removed from the state’s Medicaid program in just the first 10 months of 2018.Franklin County had the most


Should doctors warn patients of a policy threat that may not come to pass? That’s the question pending, as the Trump administration weighs whether to deny green cards to immigrants on Medicaid.


When half the kids are in poverty, our fractured towns can offer no future.


“You’ve got real haves and have nots in this county,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.


Research shows that no southern state has a suite of laws protecting tenants over landlords.


Forty-three percent of students interviewed at UK said they experienced food insecurity on campus, with nearly half of those reporting actual hunger because they can’t afford to buy food.


Gov. Doug Ducey proposes tapping $56 million in federal child care assistance that lawmakers left untouched last spring


Experts suggest that spending more on housing and services for this fragile population could save money in the long run.


They are Philly’s poorest minority group, but step inside a city homeless shelter and there are few Latinos. Why?


Democrats who control state government have reached a deal to raise the minimum wage to $15.


January 7 – 11, 2019

In many parts of America, like Corinth, Miss., judges are locking up defendants who can’t pay — sometimes for months at a time.


The idea might appeal to people hard-pressed to pay for plans on the health care exchanges.


The mayor’s announcement, first on national television, came as the Democrat-controlled State Legislature is weighing some form of universal health insurance.




As the shutdown drags on, it’s jeopardizing the welfare of those who live in HUD-subsidized housing, including low-income families and the elderly.


The shutdown’s impacts will fall the hardest on those who can afford it the least.


The US Department of Agriculture will continue providing food stamps to millions of Americans through February, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced Tuesday.


Tens of thousands of low-income tenants could be at risk if the federal government shutdown drags on.


The issue, which makes it harder for some families to provide proof of their income, could block Pell grants, student loans, parent PLUS loans and other forms of federal financial aid from reaching students.


January 2 – 4, 2019

Employers added 312,000 jobs last month, capping a year of robust hiring despite trade tensions, a housing industry slowdown and volatility on Wall Street. The unemployment rate was 3.9 percent.


“Fifteen dollars an hour has become the new minimum wage, meaning that that’s to afford the basics,” one employment-law expert said. “It’s just a start.”


No-frills bank accounts developed for low-income customers are gaining popularity among a broader swath of customers.


Native Americans, entitled to federal services under treaties, are bearing the brunt of the government shutdown and worried about more pain to come.


Cancer is a tremendous burden for anyone, but for a growing number of lower-income and even middle-class patients, an illness means an avalanche of trouble.


Before the end of her first day in office on Thursday, Gov. Janet Mills signed an executive order directing the state Department of Health and Human Services to “swiftly and efficiently” begin implementing a statewide expansion of Medicaid.


Brad Little, the governor-elect of Idaho, says work requirements and other conditions are on the table as the Legislature and governor’s office talk about how to implement Medicaid expansion.


A Tampa Bay Times investigation finds Florida’s overburdened foster care system repeatedly bounces children from home to home and family to family.


Shana Sykes faced eviction, struggled with her mental health and experienced homelessness. There’s a reason why her kids attended so many schools.



Mayor Bill de Blasio’s broader plan for public schools has been disappointing, but his universal pre-K initiative shows steady improvement.