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

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December 3 – 7, 2018

U.S. employers pulled back on hiring in November, adding just 155,000 jobs. That’s below this year’s average monthly gains but enough to suggest that the economy is expanding despite sharp gyrations in the stock market.


The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services gave Florida approval to shorten its Medicaid retroactive eligibility period from 90 to 30 days, according to a letter from administrator Seema Verma.


While the ruling goes against the LePage administration, the judge pushes the enrollment date back to Feb. 1, when the governor will be Janet Mills, an advocate of expansion.


Kentucky is moving ahead to revamp the state’s Medicaid program, adding work requirements and other changes sought by Gov. Matt Bevin.


Health care advocates says they have found it difficult, if not impossible, to find out exactly what “medically fragile” means from Medicaid.


There is less than one week left of the public comment period for the proposed “public charge” rule.


Mobility Connection moves public housing voucher holders to areas with less poverty.


After months of back and forth over food stamp work requirements, Congress reaches a deal on the farm bill.


New Census report, comparing 2012 to 2017, shows poverty is decreasing but the number of people receiving food stamps is rising, proving how difficult it an be for people and families to reach the American Dream.


Released on Thursday, the numbers take a microscope to the city’s formidable 26 percent poverty rate, revealing fault lines of distress and hardship.


The problem’s intensifying in much of Hamilton County, even as Cincinnati and parts of Northern Kentucky continue to to have high rates


Based on ongoing surveys, the five-year estimates are the only comprehensive data set for the 2,316 counties with populations too small to produce accurate estimates each year.


New research from Microsoft says that far fewer people have broadband internet access than government statistics have shown.


November 26 – 30, 2018

Times columnist Steve Lopez shares how he and photographer Francine Orr reported on the community and the school where nearly a quarter of the students are classified as homeless.


The number of children in the United States without health coverage increased for the first time in at least a decade last year, according to a new report that suggests several Trump administration moves may be behind the troubling development.


After years of steady declines in the uninsured rate for the nation’s children, the numbers are starting to climb again. Nowhere is it more apparent – and troubling – than in Texas where 835,000 children under 19 lacked health coverage in 2017, an increase of 83,000 children from the year before. That also means that one in five children without health coverage in the U.S. now live in Texas, according to an annual report released Thursday by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families.


About 96,000 Kentucky children are in the care of relatives other than their parents, most through informal arrangements.


White adults in Indianapolis on average outearn black adults whether both groups were born to poor, middle class or wealthy parents.


Wisconsin is expanding the pool of people who must work or train to qualify for food assistance.


A bipartisan deal on the multi-billion dollar farm bill would scrap new work requirements for some older food stamp recipients — rejecting a plan backed by House Republicans and President Donald Trump.


The report by Auditor Mary Mosiman also found officials and lawmakers have failed to file quarterly financial reports as required by state law.


“The long-term gender earnings gap has narrowed since 1968, but it has by no means disappeared,” the study’s authors wrote.


While climate change is poised to roil the entire country in the years to come, its consequences will be especially harmful to low-income communities, according to the blockbuster government report released on Friday.


November 19 – 21, 2018

The victories — which bring to 36 the number of states that have elected to expand Medicaid coverage — were the product of a new model of political action that may become increasingly common across the country in coming years, particularly in traditionally Republican states.


Tennessee is of the unhealthiest states in the country, where nearly 7 percent of the population, or 450K people, do not have any healthcare coverage.


Gov-elect Laura Kelly says she expects lawmakers to address Medicaid expansion in the coming session. Expansion is one of her top priorities.


A federal judge had blocked a similar approval in June, sending the proposal back for review.


The Bay Area?s hidden problem: hunger and food insecurity
The Bay Area’s hidden hungry are the Hayward delivery driver and homemaker who rely on the food bank to feed their family of five. They are the seniors struggling to get enough to eat in East Palo Alto, just 2 miles from Facebook headquarters and its free employee meals. They are the diabetics showing up in emergency rooms in Oakland with low blood sugar at the end of the month because they ran out of food. They are the undocumented families sharing tiny apartments in the South Bay, cooking beans on camp stoves in their bedrooms. More than 1 of every 10 people in the Bay Area today are hungry. But they are not only the visibly famished, digging through the trash in Union Square for the remains of someone’s lunch.



The proposed legislation is very much a modest compromise, one that will result in about 7,000 federal inmates getting out early.


Lawyers in Philadelphia think so. They want the city, which is suffering from an eviction crisis, to spend more on helping people fight landlords in court.


This is part 1 in a three-part series. Click the below links to read parts 2 and 3.